Addiction does not discriminate. For many reasons, it can happen to anyone at any age and at any time. Understanding these reasons is key to getting to the root of addiction and treating it, and avoiding these triggers is vital to successful and lasting recovery. One can find the help and support they need to break free from addiction and start their recovery journey at a drug rehab center. Contact The Right Step today at 17135283709 for more information.
5 Reasons People Start to Abuse Drugs
Anti-substance abuse campaigns are widespread. Everyone should know, by now, that drug or alcohol abuse has serious consequences, and not just of a legal sort. So why do some people throw logic to the wind and try drugs or alcohol regardless? The answer is complicated, but substance abuse becomes a more likely outcome in the face of specific motivators like anxiety or stress. Many people also underestimate the power of addiction and think they can get away with “just giving it a try.” From there, it’s a slippery slope. Here are five significant reasons why people start to abuse drugs.
1. A Need to Relax
Stress and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. Some drugs are known for their sedative effects, providing a deep feeling of relaxation. When someone struggles with insomnia or is unbearably stressed due to their career, relationships, or other circumstances, they may be desperate for relief. Even if that relief is temporary or comes with a price, stress, and anxiety can drive people to make extreme choices.
Drug and alcohol use is portrayed in pop culture all the time. People we idolize drink and take drugs. Movie scenes and song lyrics make it seem fun, and we get the impression we might be missing out on something. And if we had the opportunity to try a drug or alcohol, we might seize the moment, not realizing just how quickly an addiction can take hold.
3. Peer Pressure
This reason is commonly associated with teenagers, who are highly motivated by a desire to fit in, to belong, or to seem cool. But even adults may find themselves in circumstances where friends, family members, or co-workers pressure them to “not be so prude” and to drink or use drugs.
4. Accidental Addiction
Prescription drug addiction is one example of a clear objective—pain relief—gone awry. Prescription drugs can be potent, and even their careful use can lead to addiction. In some cases, users who become heavily addicted to opioid painkillers will turn to heroin, cheaper than prescription painkillers but another opioid, giving the same effect.
5. A Need for More Energy
Some drugs relax users, while others energize them. People struggling with chronic fatigue or poor concentration may start to abuse drugs in an attempt to perk themselves up. They are often concerned with improving their productivity at work, but drug use is notorious for interfering with careers and finances.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse
No matter the substance, addiction has some very recognizable signs across the board. Knowing what to look for is essential to realize that someone has a problem and needs help. Some warning signs and symptoms of drug abuse include:
- Becoming secretive, withdrawing, or isolating from friends or loved ones
- Using substances even when it is hazardous to do so, such as while driving or babysitting or with certain health conditions
- Legal trouble like DUI, DWI, or drug and alcohol-related arrests
- Financial problems, like needing money but refusing to specify why or for what
- Using a prescription in a way that was not intended or directed
- Bloodshot eyes with pupils bigger or smaller than normal
- New or worsening problems at school, work, or home
- Sudden personality and life changes that seem out of character
- Changes in self-care or hygiene habits and physical appearance
- Sleeping too much or not enough, insomnia
- New or worsening mental health disorders
- Impaired balance, coordination, or cognitive function
- Sudden extreme mood swings
- Anxiety or paranoia
The best and safest way to begin to heal from addiction is with the proper professional care and support only an addiction treatment center can provide. If you suspect a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, try to talk to them about entering treatment.
Break Addiction and Begin to Heal at The Right Step
If you or someone you know has already begun to abuse drugs or alcohol, help through inpatient rehab or an outpatient program is available. The sooner you kick the habit, the easier it will be to keep it at bay. Call 17135283709 today for a confidential consultation, or fill out The Right Step’s online form.