Why do people do drugs?

By: Davidbsmith
Why do people want to use chemical stimulants when they're so bad for you? The causes of drug addiction are as varied as the variety of drugs that are available for use. There is no one cause for drug addiction just like there is no consistent profile of a drug user.

People who have a history of drug use or misuse in their families are certainly at higher risk for drug addiction problems. It has been proven over and over again that the kids of alcohol addicted persons and drug-addicted persons are far more likely to exhibit addictive tendencies than offspring of non-dependent mothers and fathers. This is normally attributed largely to environmental factors and vicarious learning.

The kids of those addicted to alcohol or drug users see their parents running from from problems abusing drugs.When they strike problems themselves they are naturally more likely than their peers to reach for the same crutch.

This is not to say however that genetic factors are immaterial. Certainly babies of addicted mums can be born with a craving for alcohol or illicit drugs, and many believe that the 'addictive personality' is something that is engraved in the genes of the addict.

Sometimes though there is no sad background story behind addiction. Often with an addiction to medically prescribed drugs, the dependent person started taking the prescription drugs because they were overcoming some type of legitimate disease. Over time however they started to feel that they were incapable of do without their medication, and that if they stopped taking their tablets, the pain would reappear.

People who have low self-esteem are certainly more prone to drug addiction. Such persons may feel they have no have control over over their lives and will turn to drugs as a way to cope. They often feel they can't please the persons around them so they have to transform themselves in order to fit in. The change is made easier by abusing drugs because the artificial stimulants make them them into somebody and something that they are not. Stress is regularly cited as the number one reason of drug addiction.

Life is hectic for everyone. Some of us though are more able to cope with this than others. Some turn to drugs as an easy way to get passed their anxieties. Once a person starts using drugs to overcome anxiety it can be hard to halt the cycle because the worries are still there once the high is gone, so the user feels he or she requires more drugs to bring more support. That type of cycle can lead to long-term addiction.

Part of the reason for the popularity of drug addiction is simply because they are so easily accessible. Even for those who don't have contact with their neighborhood dealers of illegal substances, alcohol and medically prescribed drugs are easy to acquire and can prove just as useful (and destructive).

So why do persons use drugs? The easy answer is that people use drugs in order to have control over their moods, but as to why some people need so badly to have control over their moods while other people manage to cope without drugs, there is no simple answer.
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