There are certain predisposing factors which lead people into addiction. Nobody becomes an addict by choice. They get there, because:
- They are ignorant of the real dangers.
- They are dissatisfied/unhappy with their environment.
- They are influenced by their peers.
- They approach drugs/alcohol as an experiment.
- They believe they will be able to stop if it becomes a problem.
- They read internet pages that foster misguided perceptions.
- They have emotional problems – drugs help them feel better, albeit temporarily.
- They start with alcohol – easily obtainable, but a known gateway to illegal drugs.
- The first encounter is pleasant, so they continue.
- It becomes more than just a “social thing” – they start using it when alone.
- Tolerance develops – they have to take more to get the same effect.
- The withdrawal effects increase in severity and so does their intake.
- They progress through dependency to addiction.
- They lose control of the situation and run into serious problems in most areas of their lives.
- They resist all efforts to help themselves, fearing the withdrawals and the underlying emotions that drove them to misusing the substance in the first place.
- Some people have a generic (inherited) tendency to develop addiction more easily than other people. They do not know this until they are trapped in the cycle of addiction.
It is never too late. All addicts can start a process of recovery through psychological and medical intervention. This journey begins with understanding the core problems which drove them to seek relief through drugs in the first place. Addicts can become addicts in recovery if they are bold enough to reach out for help.