How Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse Can Hook You
For anyone who has never had an addiction to anything, it can be difficult understand and even harder to empathise with someone who seems to be on a self-destructive path in life. Certainly High Yields as a friend, spouse, partner or colleague it can be frustrating to see the help and support you give have seemingly little or no affect.
Generally speaking people do not choose to be addicted to anything. It is true of course that people become addicted to a substance knowing full well that this substance has addictive qualities. The price of addiction may seem a high one to pay but history has shown that people still do it. If you take the example of whether to try smoking or not, the decision to smoke is often because of the perception of what you will (perceptually) gain (confidence, acceptance, individuality etc) by smoking. This gain or attraction to smoking for many proves to be stronger than any fears about what the negative results of smoking (illness and even premature death).
Likewise when someone contemplates taking drugs whether the drug is cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis, ecstasy or others, the thoughts that sway someone to indulge in drugs are what they will gain from taking it. The negative side of the equation which might be addiction may not be powerful enough to stop someone trying a knowingly addictive drug.
Young men and women are the most vulnerable, particularly when going through puberty and moving from a young teenager into a young adult. Responsibility, and particularly, self-responsibility may feel like too much pressure or need to conform to rules and regulations. It is often agreed that are most rebellious years are the teenage years. Naturally if your friends are already indulging in drug taking, your chances of eventually taking those drugs too are increased dramatically. Most smokers agree that they started because their peer group was smoking. If your peer group’s drug of choice was ecstasy then you are more likely to try this drug.
The other group of addicts started their drug addiction as a form of escape. They had some experience or were going through experiences which they found difficult to cope with. If you can’t cope with a situation and feel you don’t have the power or means to change it directly, the other option that is contemplated is escape. Drugs of any sort, alter the chemicals in the brain, and in effect provide a mental escape, even if this is only temporary.