When it comes to substance abuse, it can be difficult to place blame on any one factor. However, some factors are often repeated so regularly they form patters of behavioral, emotional and biological reasons for the abuse. In this entry, we will discuss some of the more common reasons people fall into the grips of substance abuse.
Humans are curious creatures by nature. As such, it’s no wonder that many people often base their initial use on curiosity. Once the user discovers the euphoric effects of the substance, the abuse cycle takes hold – typically in young adults and teenagers.
Low Self Esteem
A great number of people begin dabbling with drugs early in life in an attempt to fit in with peers. Those who lack a social confidence in themselves are often more prone to drug use as a means of gaining acceptance.
Drug tolerance is developed once a user requires an excess amount of the same substance in order to achieve the same level of intoxication reached previously with less of the same drug. As a result, the user may begin using larger amounts of the substance, and using more frequently, in an attempt to enjoy the satisfaction level experienced previously.
A Change In Motive
Some addicts start out using prescription medications to address pain, gradually becoming emotionally and physically dependent over time. These types of addicts are typically law abiding, hard working citizens who grew into their addictions accidentally.
The term “Family Disease” is often used when discussing addiction causes due to the available evidence suggesting that hereditary factors play a role in which people will become addicts and alcoholics, and which will remain social drinkers or recreational users. Studies show a strong tendency for the offspring of addicts, or alcoholics, to also become addicted to alcohol and drugs.