Why do people become drug addicts?

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dontgiveup

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Feb 22, 2013
 
@cocaine blues and the others... i understand all too well. i had an eight ball per day cocaine habit for about three years. at my worst i went from snorting it to even injecting it. i had to hit rock bottom before i could start to come up. that was six years ago. i was completely clean for four years and then someone introduced me to meth, and if you think cocaine is expensive and addicting do not EVER try meth. ive struggled more in the past six months to stay off meth than i did in all the years i was clean of cocaine combined. the only thing (well, two things actually...) thats saved me this time is, ironically, money...because i dont make anywhere near the annual income i used to and if i dont have it i cannot spend it, and taking an adhd med (strattera, not an amphetamine) and an anti-depressant..because its so clear to
me now that its allowed me to change my perspective, how i was so obvously self-medicating all that time.
so dont give up. its easiest to just go buy an 8ball on payday, but if you can break that biweekly habit just once youll find it gets easier and easer. what i did at first was not try and save that money i wouldve spent. i knew it would tempt me until i bought drugs with it. instead, i would immediately go spend that money doing something or buy concert tickets or an outfit or an ipod or...anything not drugs. i was still scrounging for change to buy lunch 3 days after payday but hell i was used to it. gradually the balance came back into things. i still spend money i shouldnt every payday on something i dont pafrticularly need, but its almost symbolc now, maybe $25 instead of $350, and i dont get pd til next friday and ive still got $230! may not be much to most but i feel like the richest, cleanest mofo in charleston right now lol!
so hang in there. dont give up. better days will come if you push yourself!
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Feb 22, 2013
 
@dontgiveup

Wow you understand too well. I do believe better days are coming, and i do realize if i want them here sooner then i can make it happen sooner, but i seem to keep thinking all this is just a phase.

BTW: If i had $230.00 left in my pocket with only a week beforepayday i would feellike the richest MOF in the world also. I spent 1,406.00 in four days last weekend after receiving my income tax check. The only thing i had to show for it was a cheap pair of Champion tennis shoes and a haircut. Combined it was less than $30.00. The rest went on alchol and cocaine. And a sandwich here and there.

I am really enbarrassed by it, but the truth is the truth!

have a good weekend all!
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Feb 22, 2013
 

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May I ask if you've ever struggled with addiction?
Has absolutely no bearing on what I have stated thus far. And no it's none of your f*cking business.
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#24
Feb 22, 2013
 
Because they love drugs duh, nothing here, puke, movin right on!
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cocaine blues look man u being a junky is your choice the main cause of addiction is bad choices not depression that is just a crutch for u did you ever consider you are depressed due to you being a junky? Just because you have a job doesnt mean you should be praised for for it a large percentage of junkys have jobs.I have been a junky fir years and have never not once bought drugs from the street my drugs are prescribed and have been since I was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in 2003 however that doesn't change anything I am no better than any other junky because my addiction is legal my pain killer addiction is my fault I should have stopped taking the meds long ago however I chose not to addiction is the choice of the addict there are numerous treatment facilities in every city and lots of federally funded programs to pay for those who can't afford it which I think is bull if they can afford dope daily they can pay for treatment such as methadone or suboxone junkys deserve no pity all it does is enable their addiction like the prescriptions my doctor writes me does for me all us junkys are scum and should be treated as such
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Feb 23, 2013
 

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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.
Not true, I married and had a child when I was young and shortly after we married, my husband started to drink and abuse different meds. I divorced him when our son was less than two. I didnt want my child to grow up in that type of environment. I raised him alone for the next year then I met and married my current husband. My son was never around his biological father from that time on. He was raised in a christian home, we have morals and values and we try to always better ourselves. Yet my son has mirrored his biological fathers behaviors almost to the mark. It is almost frightening how much alike they are to be from such different backgrounds.
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Not true, I married and had a child when I was young and shortly after we married, my husband started to drink and abuse different meds. I divorced him when our son was less than two. I didnt want my child to grow up in that type of environment. I raised him alone for the next year then I met and married my current husband. My son was never around his biological father from that time on. He was raised in a christian home, we have morals and values and we try to always better ourselves. Yet my son has mirrored his biological fathers behaviors almost to the mark. It is almost frightening how much alike they are to be from such different backgrounds.
Um, that's probably the dumbest argument against factual information I have ever heard. You ever consider maybe it's you that is driving everyone around you to drinking? If I lived with a bunch of Christians I'd probably take up drugs too.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
MissInformed wrote:
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.
mostly everybody thinks BAD THINGS only happen to other people and that they can control themselves and not get addicted. One never knows for sure until they do it..
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Feb 23, 2013
 
I do it to feel good
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Um, that's probably the dumbest argument against factual information I have ever heard. You ever consider maybe it's you that is driving everyone around you to drinking? If I lived with a bunch of Christians I'd probably take up drugs too.
Your opinion is of no importance to me. I was simply sharing my story with this forum. I am sorry your heart is so hard against christians....I will pray for you.
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#33
Feb 24, 2013
 
People use drugs to escape. Simple problems
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Feb 25, 2013
 
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Has absolutely no bearing on what I have stated thus far. And no it's none of your f*cking business.
No need to get nasty and defensive...it was a simple question. I asked because by your logic it's obvious that you have never personally struggled with an addiction. Reading about it and living it are two completely different things.
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No need to get nasty and defensive...it was a simple question. I asked because by your logic it's obvious that you have never personally struggled with an addiction. Reading about it and living it are two completely different things.
True, but whining about being addicted" and actually doing something about it are two different things as well.

The fact is, your original topic was a question regarding areas of risk and the root causes of addictions. My responses were rooted in over 50 years of exhaustive, documented research in these areas. If you wanted to start a forum for addicts to make a bunch of excuses for their issues, then you should have stated that from the get-go. I would have stayed completely out of it, trust me, I know how those things go and have no interest in attending some sort of NA meeting on the internet. It's apparent most of the people in this forum are, in fact addicts, but that doesn't make them experts on the variables which can inhibit this behavior.
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Your opinion is of no importance to me. I was simply sharing my story with this forum. I am sorry your heart is so hard against christians....I will pray for you.
Don't waste your time. You led your "story" by indicating the things I said were somehow not true. So if you would like to attack my personal statements because they don't fit into your apparently narrow world view, then be prepared to received the same treatment in response.

Stop sitting around "praying" for things and start actually doing something to change them.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
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True, but whining about being addicted" and actually doing something about it are two different things as well.
The fact is, your original topic was a question regarding areas of risk and the root causes of addictions. My responses were rooted in over 50 years of exhaustive, documented research in these areas. If you wanted to start a forum for addicts to make a bunch of excuses for their issues, then you should have stated that from the get-go. I would have stayed completely out of it, trust me, I know how those things go and have no interest in attending some sort of NA meeting on the internet. It's apparent most of the people in this forum are, in fact addicts, but that doesn't make them experts on the variables which can inhibit this behavior.
It's obvious that you're a miserable person. I'm surprised that you're not an addict due to the anger you exude. I find it hard to believe that you're as well educated on the subject as you claim, but of course that's only my opinion. Who is better qualified to discuss the causes of addiction than addicts? We can all give textbook answers, but people who have lived through an addiction realize that there's more to it than that. Your nastiness is not needed here.
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It's obvious that you're a miserable person. I'm surprised that you're not an addict due to the anger you exude. Who is better qualified to discuss the causes of addiction than addicts? We can all give textbook answers, but people who have lived through an addiction realize that there's more to it than that. Your nastiness is not needed here.
"It's obvious that you're a miserable person."

I am supposing this means someone who doesn't agree with your opinions is miserable. Not true, but duly noted. Butterflies and rainbows will not reveal your path to sobriety.

"I'm surprised that you're not an addict due to the anger you exude."

Anger? I wouldn't say I exude anger, only a limited tolerance for people who make excuses. The fact you are SURPRISED I am not an addict, only reinforces your addict personality.

"Who is better qualified to discuss the causes of addiction than addicts?"

Maybe someone who knows how successful treatment actually works?

"We can all give textbook answers, but people who have lived through an addiction realize that there's more to it than that."

Apparently you can't offer ANY actual answers, textbook or otherwise. All I have been doing is explaining risk areas which have been proven to be causal in nature, so people may identify those areas in their lives which may need to be addressed. Information (actual information, that is) is empowering for those struggling with drugs.

"Your nastiness is not needed here."

Look, no one is being nasty by simply offering you information and refuting certain baseless opinions. Your way of thinking is dangerous and enabling. I'll leave you to your "discussion," since my reality check is unwelcome. Typical.

Keep on doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts with the same attitudes and continue to think of non-addicts as "outsiders." See how that works out.
Cocaine Blues

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Feb 25, 2013
 
@whatever you say

You're right on so many levels , but when you said all junkies including yourself are scum is not true. I'll admit many shortcomings that exist with me, but i do not steal, nor have i ever, and yes i do work and pay taxes. This topix is the firs time i have ever discussed my addiction and problems with anyone, and even though it's anonymous it has made me feellike i am not the only one out there.

And no i am not scum. The only person i seem to hurt with my doing cocaine is myself and no one else. If the time ever came wher my addiction affected anyone else i would try my best to seek help.

I am divorced with no children and i live alone. I absolutely harm no one except meself, so the scum comment wasn't necessary in my opinion.
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Drugs have been around in one form or another as long as mankind has. That "factoid" alone should tell us all something.Long before Clinical deppression was the disease of the day, or PTSD, was a general Diagnosis for any war Vet, or emotional depreivation brought on by any battle fought by the Indians, resulting in massive use of Peyote. I think it is based up humans general NEED for comfort, attachment and serenity.

I am nothing but human, so that is just my guess, But it just seems that everyone you hear about is trying to satisfying a need that is missing within their life.
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Feb 25, 2013
 
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"It's obvious that you're a miserable person."
I am supposing this means someone who doesn't agree with your opinions is miserable. Not true, but duly noted. Butterflies and rainbows will not reveal your path to sobriety.
"I'm surprised that you're not an addict due to the anger you exude."
Anger? I wouldn't say I exude anger, only a limited tolerance for people who make excuses. The fact you are SURPRISED I am not an addict, only reinforces your addict personality.
"Who is better qualified to discuss the causes of addiction than addicts?"
Maybe someone who knows how successful treatment actually works?
"We can all give textbook answers, but people who have lived through an addiction realize that there's more to it than that."
Apparently you can't offer ANY actual answers, textbook or otherwise. All I have been doing is explaining risk areas which have been proven to be causal in nature, so people may identify those areas in their lives which may need to be addressed. Information (actual information, that is) is empowering for those struggling with drugs.
"Your nastiness is not needed here."
Look, no one is being nasty by simply offering you information and refuting certain baseless opinions. Your way of thinking is dangerous and enabling. I'll leave you to your "discussion," since my reality check is unwelcome. Typical.
Keep on doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts with the same attitudes and continue to think of non-addicts as "outsiders." See how that works out.
Is it really necessary to pick apart every comment anyone makes? Yes, you are nasty. You have a bad attitude, and I can hear that in your posts. You came to this forum looking to pick a fight and acting like a jerk, but I will not entertain your little minded views. Do something to make yourself happy instead of trying to belittle others for entertainment. I feel very, very sorry for you. Have a great day :)
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Feb 25, 2013
 
Seriously wrote:
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"It's obvious that you're a miserable person."
I am supposing this means someone who doesn't agree with your opinions is miserable. Not true, but duly noted. Butterflies and rainbows will not reveal your path to sobriety.
"I'm surprised that you're not an addict due to the anger you exude."
Anger? I wouldn't say I exude anger, only a limited tolerance for people who make excuses. The fact you are SURPRISED I am not an addict, only reinforces your addict personality.
"Who is better qualified to discuss the causes of addiction than addicts?"
Maybe someone who knows how successful treatment actually works?
"We can all give textbook answers, but people who have lived through an addiction realize that there's more to it than that."
Apparently you can't offer ANY actual answers, textbook or otherwise. All I have been doing is explaining risk areas which have been proven to be causal in nature, so people may identify those areas in their lives which may need to be addressed. Information (actual information, that is) is empowering for those struggling with drugs.
"Your nastiness is not needed here."
Look, no one is being nasty by simply offering you information and refuting certain baseless opinions. Your way of thinking is dangerous and enabling. I'll leave you to your "discussion," since my reality check is unwelcome. Typical.
Keep on doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts with the same attitudes and continue to think of non-addicts as "outsiders." See how that works out.
No, I don't think of you as an "outsider". However, I do know you are extremely uneducated and ignorant. I won't waste my time by responding to you again, but I'm sure you can't do the same due to your trouble causing and loving attitude. Go ahead...LOL

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