Reasons why a person falls into drug abuse and often addiction

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Drug addiction is the condition wherein an individual is essentially a slave to the habitual use of drugs, regardless of the many damaging effects created by drug use.  A drug addict often feels hopeless to affect any sort of change in their life, and their every thought and action is usually dictated by drugs – how to obtain and use more drugs and achieve higher highs.

It is an unfortunate truth that many young individuals today have tried or will try drugs in their teenage or young adult years.  For some, it may be a short-lived experience and they may go on to live a healthy, happy, productive life.  For others, their initial drug use in their youth may lead to further drug use, abuse and addiction in the future.

Reasons for Drug Use

In a study published by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, the top reasons young people turned to the use and abuse of addictive drugs were examined.  The results turned up the following primary reasons for drug use and addiction:

1. To relax

Individuals of any age are often interested in ways they can relax or reduce stress related to work, school, relationships or just life in general.  Individuals who are not well-informed in non-drug related ways to relax or who are given partial or incorrect information regarding drugs may turn to their use in order to relax.

2. To become intoxicated

Most individuals who experience drug intoxication feel a sensation of emotional or mental exhilaration.  This sensation, commonly referred to as the euphoric “high” of the drug, is a very desirable sensation and can be one of the primary reasons an individual becomes addicted to a drug.

3. To stay awake at night while socializing

It seems that partying with friends, dancing and socializing are almost synonymous with young adulthood.  In many cases, individuals describing a fun social scene will include at least the consumption of alcohol.  Many drugs act as stimulants, and allow the otherwise tired individual to remain awake into the wee hours of the night so that they can continue to party and socialize with their friends.

4. To enhance an activity

Some drugs are known for their ability to heighten an individual’s sensations, even though this is usually short-lived and can cause damaging effects on the individual’s general ability to experience normal sensations in the long run.  When the temporary effects wear off, the individual seeks to stimulate them once again by taking more drugs, and so addiction can begin.

5. To alleviate a depressed mood

Because drugs are chemicals that interfere with the normal functions of the individual’s brain and nervous system, they can seem to temporarily numb unwanted sensations like physical or emotional pain and depression.  However, the drug does not actually handle the source of the depression, and when the effects wear off they can often leave the individual feeling even worse, leading to further drug use.

Even when an individual’s drug use has grown into full addiction, there are still ways that they can address and resolve it and go on to live a happy, healthy life.  Some of the keys to a faster resolution include catching addiction early on, participating in a successful rehabilitation program and learning life skills.  If an individual finds drug-free ways to relax, enjoy life, relationships and activities around them, they are less likely to use drugs and fall into the trap of drug addiction.

Source:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11525392

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