Why do people become drug addicts?

Why do people become drug addicts?

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MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#1 Feb 22, 2013
Do you think that some people are at higher risk due to genetics, or is it due to personal emotional trauma? Let's hear some opinions.
Seriously

Charleston, WV

#2 Feb 22, 2013
This could be a very interesting conversation, but your question doesn't really make much sense. People are at "higher risk" when they are uneducated, poor, lack a work history, surround themselves with criminals and lack essential self management skills. Some begin their journey into addiction shortly after a traumatic event, however, MOST people do not turn to drugs (leading to addiction, anyways) to cope with emotional instability. Others become physically addicted due to the gross over-prescribing nature of our health care industry. But, then again, MOST do not.

So the short answer is, all things equal, most addicts choose to be addicts of their own personal valition. Environmental and "genetic (whatever that means)" factors have some predictive value, however, an individuals personal collective choices are the most substantial variable.
BRE

Chesapeake, OH

#3 Feb 22, 2013
Wow. You've obviously never been close to an addict. It's not all genetics. I used to be a pill head but I've been clean 2 years this April. My parents didn't understand because they had never understood an addict and never went through it.
MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#4 Feb 22, 2013
I agree that it's not all genetics, and it's not all emotional trauma. People have different reasons for becoming addicts. I believe that there's a difference between physical dependency due to taking drugs as prescribed by a doctor versus addiction due to recreational use. I'm more interested in causes for recreational use that leads to addiction. I do know many addicts, and most of them have things in common such as past trauma such as childhood or adult abuse, low socioeconomic status as well as other factors. For me personally, my battle with addiction was a result of a split home and the stress that comes along with being caught in the middle of that. Drugs made me feel happy and helped me forget my problems for a short time. Little did I know that they would create a whole new set of problems for me.
MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#5 Feb 22, 2013
Prescription drugs such as opioids cause a person to feel happy due to the effects on the brain. I've always felt like the drugs created somewhat of a barrier between myself and real life. I felt like they somehow protected me from feeling sad or depressed, they became my crutch. When I didn't have any drugs I would find myself feeling fearful about facing life. Drugs are so readily available to buy for illegal use that our state is facing a crisis for our young people. I don't want to see anyone go down the same path I have been down with addiction, it is truly something that you struggle with for the rest of your life. I think that if one person reads this forum and it makes them decide not to do drugs, that this is a success.
MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#6 Feb 22, 2013
BRE wrote:
Wow. You've obviously never been close to an addict. It's not all genetics. I used to be a pill head but I've been clean 2 years this April. My parents didn't understand because they had never understood an addict and never went through it.
I know many addicts, and used to be an addict myself. I believe that a lot of different factors can contribute to drug use and addiction. Good for you on your sobriety, I wish you the best.
MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#7 Feb 22, 2013
Seriously wrote:
This could be a very interesting conversation, but your question doesn't really make much sense. People are at "higher risk" when they are uneducated, poor, lack a work history, surround themselves with criminals and lack essential self management skills. Some begin their journey into addiction shortly after a traumatic event, however, MOST people do not turn to drugs (leading to addiction, anyways) to cope with emotional instability. Others become physically addicted due to the gross over-prescribing nature of our health care industry. But, then again, MOST do not.
So the short answer is, all things equal, most addicts choose to be addicts of their own personal valition. Environmental and "genetic (whatever that means)" factors have some predictive value, however, an individuals personal collective choices are the most substantial variable.
It's proven that some people are more likely to abuse substances because of genetics, meaning that it runs in their family and the physiological make up of their bodies can affect how easily they become addicted. Of course personal choices are the main cause. I don't know of anyone who became an addict because someone was holding a gun to head making them do drugs...
Seriously

Charleston, WV

#8 Feb 22, 2013
MissInformed wrote:
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It's proven that some people are more likely to abuse substances because of genetics, meaning that it runs in their family and the physiological make up of their bodies can affect how easily they become addicted. Of course personal choices are the main cause. I don't know of anyone who became an addict because someone was holding a gun to head making them do drugs...
If you want to break down behavior and psychology into their microscopic level, then yes, I suppose you could say genetics plays a role in that. That's originally why I commented your question was not asked very well. Their is no proof "genetics," in and of itself causes anything. It's too broad a concept to have any significant predictive value in and of itself. By that, I mean you can't take a blood sample from an individual, run a gentic DNA map on that individual, and say "this person is likely to become an addict." There is no "addiction genome." The concept has been proposed, but never actually observed. That's the cool thing about science, it's used to actually explain and predict things.

The only thing that "runs in the family" is exposure to criminal and addictive behaviors, and poor lifestyle modeling. You don't inherit addiction.
Curious

Charleston, WV

#9 Feb 22, 2013
Seriously wrote:
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If you want to break down behavior and psychology into their microscopic level, then yes, I suppose you could say genetics plays a role in that. That's originally why I commented your question was not asked very well. Their is no proof "genetics," in and of itself causes anything. It's too broad a concept to have any significant predictive value in and of itself. By that, I mean you can't take a blood sample from an individual, run a gentic DNA map on that individual, and say "this person is likely to become an addict." There is no "addiction genome." The concept has been proposed, but never actually observed. That's the cool thing about science, it's used to actually explain and predict things.
The only thing that "runs in the family" is exposure to criminal and addictive behaviors, and poor lifestyle modeling. You don't inherit addiction.
I've read otherwise, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Cocaine blues

Martinsburg, WV

#10 Feb 22, 2013
Depression. I swear to you 9 out of 10 addicts become addicts due to depression. I spend at least 1,500.00 a month on cocaine and i do it because of depression. I would love to stop, but don't know how. I have lost so much you would not believe. The one thing i lost more than anything material is my pride.

I promise you the answer is depression
Seriously

Charleston, WV

#11 Feb 22, 2013
Curious wrote:
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I've read otherwise, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
I've read that it has been researched, and there may indeed be some sort of genetic influence in regards to one's personality, temprement and inherent tolerance levels, but the problem is, it's not statistically significant and thus not a predictor. Addiction is a learned behavior, regardless of someone's predispositions. That's my only point there. It's not really an opinion because I can back my theories up, but a healthy debate never hurt anyone, and I certainly see where you are coming from to some degree.
Seriously

Charleston, WV

#12 Feb 22, 2013
Cocaine blues wrote:
Depression. I swear to you 9 out of 10 addicts become addicts due to depression. I spend at least 1,500.00 a month on cocaine and i do it because of depression. I would love to stop, but don't know how. I have lost so much you would not believe. The one thing i lost more than anything material is my pride.
I promise you the answer is depression
Um, no. 9 out of 10 addicts don't become addicts due to depression. Sorry about your struggle but if you want to stop, take action to seek help. Everyone has to ask for help sometimes, nothing to be ashamed of. But you gotta be proactive, just like anything else you want you have to work for it.
Cocaine blues

Martinsburg, WV

#13 Feb 22, 2013
I make after taxes and take home pay 1,920.00 a month and spend 350.00 a month on rent. My utilities are paid so that leaves me 1,570.00 cash a month and i spend almost all of it on cocaine. You would not believe how i scrounge around for food and other living expenses. I gave upmy car and driving priviledges and so forth.

if i were not depressed i would not be this way. I know others in the same boat and they all say they are also depressed.

If i went three months withour drugs i could save almost 5 grand. What a world we live in.
MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#14 Feb 22, 2013
Cocaine blues wrote:
I make after taxes and take home pay 1,920.00 a month and spend 350.00 a month on rent. My utilities are paid so that leaves me 1,570.00 cash a month and i spend almost all of it on cocaine. You would not believe how i scrounge around for food and other living expenses. I gave upmy car and driving priviledges and so forth.
if i were not depressed i would not be this way. I know others in the same boat and they all say they are also depressed.
If i went three months withour drugs i could save almost 5 grand. What a world we live in.
I agree that many times it relates back to depression. In our minds, we think that drugs make us feel happy while at the same time we ignore the numerous problems addiction creates for us. Please go see a doctor so that you can be started on anti-depression meds, your life is worth your recovery. Kudos to you for holding down a job, many addicts don't. That alone shows me that there is much hope for you. Please get help, you deserve better than what you're allowing yourself to have. Praying for you :)
MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#15 Feb 22, 2013
Seriously wrote:
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Um, no. 9 out of 10 addicts don't become addicts due to depression. Sorry about your struggle but if you want to stop, take action to seek help. Everyone has to ask for help sometimes, nothing to be ashamed of. But you gotta be proactive, just like anything else you want you have to work for it.
May I ask if you've ever struggled with addiction?
what you want to call it

Moseley, VA

#16 Feb 22, 2013
Cocaine blues wrote:
Depression. I swear to you 9 out of 10 addicts become addicts due to depression. I spend at least 1,500.00 a month on cocaine and i do it because of depression. I would love to stop, but don't know how. I have lost so much you would not believe. The one thing i lost more than anything material is my pride.
I promise you the answer is depression
how can you spend that much? Are you high all the time? there is no where you can get help , AA could help some of the meetings are for narcotics.
Cocaine blues

Martinsburg, WV

#17 Feb 22, 2013
Thank you so much. I haven't heard such kind words in a long time.

One more little tid bit without sounding like i am tooting my own horn. I have never, ever nor would i ever, steal anything from anyone, although i have had it happen to me numeous times. Not all addicts are thieves according to popular belief. At least not me.

Again thank you
Cocaine blues

Martinsburg, WV

#18 Feb 22, 2013
@what you want to call it

No i spend it until it's gone, and then i suffer until the next payday. I'll buy an eight ball of cocaine and do it, and yes share it with others and then buy another and so on. Yes i do get used also. My fault, but i seem to get caught up in the moment. It's a cycle i can't seem to break.
MissInformed

Charleston, WV

#19 Feb 22, 2013
Cocaine blues wrote:
Thank you so much. I haven't heard such kind words in a long time.
One more little tid bit without sounding like i am tooting my own horn. I have never, ever nor would i ever, steal anything from anyone, although i have had it happen to me numeous times. Not all addicts are thieves according to popular belief. At least not me.
Again thank you
I agree, I also never stole while I was an addict. I'd be pill sick for days and never even thought of stealing. And no need to thank me, I'm just being honest. Of course it's hard to tell a lot about a person through a post on Topix, but you sound like a good person. I started taking anti-depression meds around the time I decided that I wanted to get clean, and I believe that they largely helped me achieve that goal. Hopefully they will do the same for you, it's at least worth a shot. Please also consider what cocaine does to your body, such as causing really bad heart problems. You're worth more than that, just give yourself a chance :)
Not Sure

Charleston, WV

#20 Feb 22, 2013
Cocaine blues wrote:
Depression. I swear to you 9 out of 10 addicts become addicts due to depression. I spend at least 1,500.00 a month on cocaine and i do it because of depression. I would love to stop, but don't know how. I have lost so much you would not believe. The one thing i lost more than anything material is my pride.
I promise you the answer is depression
Not sure if always depression - but I do think that alot of times people are "self medicating" trying to numb the pain, wether it be depression or anxiety or something else. I asked a friend who was fighting a meth addiction what made him do it - he said - he felt like he had a hole that he just couldnt fill up - and he just wanted it to go away - and when he did drugs - it just made him forget about that hole - he fought the urge every day to do the drug - he is still fighting the urge to do the meth - very very sad and heart breaking to me to see so many people that want so badly to stop doing whatever drug they are addicted to, but are having such a problem doing so

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