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Reasons Why People Start a Drug Habit

22 Sep

Social and behavioral experts say that drug addiction is a complex problem with simple causes. They have pretty much agreed that it can be boiled down to two main reasons: genetic and environmental predispositions. Meanwhile drug addicts themselves have pointed to more specific reasons: family problems, peer pressure, the need to unwind, etc. These are all true – they are all factors in each person’s addiction – but perhaps what often goes undiscussed is how drug addicts even got to start their addiction.

For that, there are really only two answers: availability of the drugs, and the mistaken belief that a person can stop using anytime he or she wants.

The accessibility of most drugs is the leading reason for the prevalence of illicit drug use in the U.S. and in other countries. For example, prescription drug abuse. Although so many doctors are unconvinced of the medical reasons for the need of such drugs, it can’t be denied that individuals still manage to exploit a doctor’s prescription in such a way that they buy more than they need. Using pain and “medication” as reasons, people who can get hold of these prescriptions buy more frequently. It’s the fact that they find it easy to obtain the substances that get them hooked.

Drug abuse also more likely for people who have a poor judgment of their self-control: the youth and the uneducated. A teenager is like a clean piece of paper. So, what happens when he indulges in drugs, thinks he will stop anytime and gets hooked? He will probably spend the next decade battling the addiction and wondering why he wasn’t able to quit. As a result of the belief that they will be able to prevent themselves anytime, they get farther into it. A teen doesn’t see anything wrong with trying out recreational drugs. They keep at it because they think they will be able to let go of the dependency anytime. Granted, some youngsters do outgrow the problem and grow up to be more sensible individuals because of the experience; but more teens get snagged in the bog and never get out.

This is not to say that people’s personal psychological problems and social dispositions do not affect their drug habit. It is only to say that a drug habit can only start if the two factors above are present. Of course, problems in the family or being in a bad neighborhood will certainly contribute whether a person gets an access to illicit drugs and will be in an environment that does not encourage him to stop.