Any substance that induces euphoria usually has bad sideffects.
What I recommend is starting with diaphragmatic breathing, it physically calms your body down, and focusing on the task of breathing can calm your mind.
In my experience, calming down even a little bit gives you some mental freedom to think about things, so from there you can use that bit of mental energy too look at some online resources:
Here's a good audio track for calmer thinking >http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/music/FirstAidPanicM.mp3
Here's a good pdf about automatic negative thoughts. >http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/AutomaticThoughts.pdf
When I'm feeling like shit I usually take my negative thoughts as fact, but doing the above breathing exercises and then remembering what I've learned about automatic thoughts helps me get to a calmer place. Not super happy, but less anxious and more able to assess my problems.
Here's a good pdf about unhelpful thought patterns. Stop for a minute, and compare any negative thoughts you're having with these. If you recognise any, that means other people have gone through the same, and they have been recognised by experts as unhelpful ways of thinking. It also means they can be changed, so there's some alternatives in blue. >http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/UnhelpfulThinkingHabitsWithAlternatives.pdf
These techniques can make your mind calmer, and don't require any substance abuse!
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