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WHY DID YOU START USING?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Adrianna, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    What was the reason you started using drugs or alcohol? (cigarettes, junk food or whatever) Sometimes people aren't aware of these things. I think it is good to take a look at this. It gets to the core of the problem. I am asking out of curiosity too because everyone is different.
  2. blackout

    blackout Member

    I started using drugs because it was a way to guarantee a good time. Everyone would be all smiles when they were high. Everything seemed hyper-real and surreal. It made me feel in love with life. I felt popular for the first time.
  3. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Boredom plain and simple. I grew up in a small town and there was nothing else to do than alter your state of mind. Living in a big town has done me a world of good because I can find constructive things to do with my time now.
  4. Ttirb

    Ttirb Active Contributor

    I started using drugs to have a good time. It was never a problem at first. I stopped using for awhile and then my father died and I started using again.
  5. Ali16

    Ali16 Senior Contributor

    I used them to self medicate. I began to have panic attacks when I was 12 years old. By 14, I was exhibiting the symptoms of bipolar disorder but was not properly medicated. Using substances calmed my manic spells and severe anxiety, they were really the only thing that worked.
  6. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    I start smoking because I was a really anxious teenager, and smoking was a "good" way to reduce some of that anxiety. As you've said, at that time I really didn't knew why I was so anxious until now, I was running away from my reality, I'm already dealing with it now, and it's not and easy thing to do, but it has to be done.
  7. Zimbitt

    Zimbitt Senior Contributor

    Well just started out like almost any other just a drink as a high school kid to **** around with some friends and then just gradually spiralled out of control from there, it all adds up but it did start somewhere small for all of us.
  8. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Well, I really don't know why I did it. I guess the fact my mom was an alcoholic helped a lot to push me towards the addiction alley. Just by seeing her get drunk, because I had access to a lot things a kid that age shouldn't have access to. I had my first smoke when I was 7 or 8? I had my first beer sip when I was maybe 4 or 5? Not sure, but I think my childhood played a big role on my decisions back then. I'm so glad it's all over though, I'm just praying nothing else gets in my way to a normal happy life.
  9. LinB

    LinB Senior Contributor

    Thankfully, today I am not a drug addict. However, I could have been and I remember clearly the day when I attempted to obtain some drugs. The influence actually came from my dad. I saw am taking drugs and that is why we have to be careful as parents as to what we do in front of our kids.
  10. LinB

    LinB Senior Contributor

    Indeed peer pressure can be an issue, but at the end of the day socialization is also a factor. Nobody has to pressure us to do anything, but by the mere fact that we are seeing these things being done around us by persons within our age group and everything looks normal, we then are naturally drawn into doing the same.
  11. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Interesting I never heard of a 12 year old having panic attacks. First drugs cause bipolar and panic attacks. They are a source that cause it. Medication is not an answer. Proper nutrition and exercise are the best way. Processed foods with chemicals have so much junk in them. They are a common source of mood swings. Clean REAL foods are the best way to stay healthy. Fruits, vegetables, and a plant based diet. Meats with hormones and steroids add up to obesity. Steroids equal a nasty mood this is common knowledge. It being in meat is not so commonly known. Anxiety; eat foods high in potassium and tryptophan. You need at least 3,000 calories a day to be alive and thrive. Deplete your brain and body, you won't feel right. Your nerves will be on edge and anxiety will come easily.
  12. crc3thebest

    crc3thebest Community Champion

    Socialism would be the cause of my entanglement with substances. The Ideology advertised on our televisions create a sense of coolness and zeal in using these substances. Some of our favorite TV shows still emphasize this notable ideal because it sells.
  13. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I have never used drugs and I have never smoked ever in my life, but I did try alcohol. I started drinking alcohol mainly because I was curious about it, and I wanted to experiment with it. Aside from that, I was also kind of pressured by my friends and classmates. However, I really don't blame them for that. It was no one's fault because it had also been my choice.
  14. JayLyn

    JayLyn Active Contributor

    I started with pot and alcohol, but mostly alcohol. And I'd have to say that I was alcoholic from the start. I always wanted to drink until I passed out or the alcohol ran dry. There was no such thing as too much, or even enough. As a young girl of just twelve I came staggering home from a visit to a friends house. I had taken my bicycle but must of had to push it home. I had fallen several times by the look of me and all I could say was "I fell," when I was questioned about my condition. I remember my girlfriend's parents had a liquor cabinet (lots of parents kept a cupboard full of the basics) and I lost no time in tasting them all and then tasting them all again. There had to be 10 or more different bottles that I sipped from. Of course I was sick, and drunk. But I didn't know moderation, alcohol had one purpose and that was to get me drunk, cause drunk Melei was a fun Melei, one that could be social. I would have to say that wanting to show off to my friends and make myself look experienced and mature is what got me to take those initial illicit swigs from my mother's stash of booze in the kitchen cupboard. I don't know exactly when my body and mind came together on the subject of alcohol, but they did and my drinking behviour became alcoholic in nature almost from the start.
    I started to associate important events in my life with wanting to drink because I needed the alcohol to bolster my ego. I quickly found out that a little bit of alcohol put me in a happy frame of mind and better yet allowed me to speak out freely to people regardless of age or gender. I specially remember grade 6 when Rose, my girfriend since grande 1, and I took a swig from my mother's Lemon Gin and then went to Kresges. We ran into two of the popular, cute boys from our class and I was able to speak to them and get them to laugh. It was one of the biggest thrills of my life. Look here it is some forty years later and I'm still writing about it. So you can imagine that any drink that could make me be able to talk to boys that well, it had to be something I'd want again. Ya, I'd say I really started drinking because it was the only way I knew to find enough courage to be OK with me.
  15. JayLyn

    JayLyn Active Contributor

    Sorry, but I disagree that drugs and alcohol, while contributing to the possibility of panic attacks and the depression and or mania of bipolar disorder, are a causal factor. For example if a person who has never had an episode of bipolar or been in an anxious state develops these things after having consumed drugs and or alcohol, this is not proof that it is the substances that caused the conditions that followed. If you could repeat the process but have the same person not use substances in the second trial, I believe that most would have the exact same results as in the first.
    I had anxiety when I was very young. I can remember it as young as seven or eight years old, so twelve is not out of the question. And eight is much too young for drugs or alcohol to have been a factor. But they were a factor in self-medicating my problem. I wrote in an earlier post that wanting to fit in made me start drinking, it did, but so did relieving myself of some of my unbearable anxiety, I am sure. And what, besides self-medicate, can a child of eight do if their parents won't listen to them? Like the previous poster, they did not think anxiety could exist in a child that young. Perhaps if I'd had help with my mental health disorders at an earlier age I would have been able to diminish the effect addiction has had on my life.
  16. pstrong1969

    pstrong1969 Community Champion

    Reading some of these post, and realizing some are misinformed. Mental disorders can manifests themselves at about any age. Doctors and Therapists are diagnosing very young people with ADHD, anxiety disorders, etc......Addiction and Mental disorders are 2 separate diagnoses. They both can affect each other if they are not being treated at the same time. I speak from 1st hand knowledge- I have Bi-Polar disorder, Panic attacks, Ptsd, and Paranoia, along with addiction. I finally found a medicine that works for me and helps with treatment of my addiction. The sources of both of these originated in the mind. No matter how great or how bad of a childhood i had nor being popular at school, etc.....I would still be a drug addict and suffer from Mental disorders.
  17. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    It started slowly.

    I was experimenting at first [ a book I had been reading had got me very much interested in drugs] but had it not been for the fact that [in high school] most of my friends were addicts I never would have continued using drugs. But since everyone [close to me at that time] was using drugs and I thought it was cool [at that time] I continued using drugs and . . .

    . . . things went downhill pretty fast.
  18. pstrong1969

    pstrong1969 Community Champion

    Guess i was misinformed of the topic. I started using alcohol and drugs to have fun, fit in, talk to girls, etc..... As i got older that changed. I started using for diff. reasons such as stress and cope with life. And my 1st divorce. Here we are 30 years later and Im clean of all substances. Thank God!! Been a long Road.
  19. Jenga

    Jenga Active Contributor

    I was depressed. I got sad and alcohol helped that. From there, I begun using weed as a method to help cope while getting off of alcohol. That was about a month and a half ago and since then, I haven't used weed since. It's a little shaky at times, but I've got the support of a loving partner and with them, I feel like I can get over anything.
  20. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I started using alcohol because I didn't have an outlet to express how I really felt inside. I didn't have that type of upbringing to express myself openly. But under the influence of alcohol I was free to act things out and make a fool out of myself. As I get older I have come to terms with my faults and my issues. I'm getting better at it. I just need to accept the things that I just can't change.