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Why are there drug addicts?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by thepieeatingjay, May 22, 2015.

  1. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Why do so many people fall into the trap of drugs and then become slaves to their addiction? Do you believe it's a true illness or a choice? Some say they're a high functioning drug addict but overtime does the addiction take its tole on your body no matter who you are?
  2. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    Because drugs bring PLEASURE. Our brains are wired to seek pleasure - and if it's good enough, we will seek it to the exclusion of everything else. Drug addictions aren't just about feeling good, though; they're also about being PHYSICALLY dependent; that's why people go through withdrawal when they stop taking drugs.
  3. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    Some people have very hard lives and try to take drugs to make themselves forget about them, but what most don't realise it that is makes it even worse and they miss many opportunities to ease their life. Other people get addicted because of peer pressure, after that they get addicted and just continue to take the drug. A 'high functioning drug addict' never lasts overtime the drug does take the tole on their bodies, you could say that people that start to use drugs are 'high functioning drug addicts' but the more they take it the worse it is for them, the closer they could get to getting all sorts of mental and physical illnesses, as well as mucking up their social and work lives.
  4. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    People just do. Drugs are kinda like candy to drug addicts. They love them, and can't get enough. Then the more they consume of that drug, the more attached they get to it.

    By the way, it IS a choice to do drugs are not. Once you make the choice to do drugs, you get hooked on them, and can't stop yourself from taking too much.

    1 mistake can lead to a 1000 other problems.
  5. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I don't see it as an illness or a choice, but more just a condition brought forth by either nature or environment. I think most people are able to enjoy things in life that bring pleasure but they don't get addicted to them because they have been brought up with a proper structure and given enough security, while some that don't end up with a certain condition of having a void either emotionally, mentally, or both.
  6. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    No one would willingly choose to be a drug addict. There are those who get to be addicts because circumstances force them to seek an "escape." Since the effects of drugs don't last forever, unless they "fix" the underlying issues they'll always need to use the drugs and with that comes dependence. IMO, addiction is an illness and should be treated as such.
  7. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Drugs have been around for a long time, it seems to get treated and talked about as if it's only for the last few years that it's become a problem.

    While drug abuse has risen considerably, the actual drugs themselves have been around for a long time.
  8. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    There could be various reasons why a person try those drugs and get addicted to it. Example of these reasons are depression, rebellion and just got curious. While others got addicted to their medications due to their dependency on drugs for their certain health conditions.