Addicts frequently get asked the question of “why can’t you just stop?” Most of them wish that they could stop, but they can’t stop due to being dependent on the drugs. Their moral compass may be questioned on why they started in the first place, when really it starts with the age-old problem of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Some people try drugs for the first time because they have had living examples of drug abuse around them and it seems like the natural thing to do. Trying drugs seems normal to them because they are so accustomed to seeing it.
- Peer pressure can cause people that have low self-esteem and need to people please to try hard drugs to fit in. Peers do not always have to be in the “wrong crowd” because higher class people can also do drugs. Drugs do not discriminate and affect all walks of life.
- In the heat of the moment, people will try illicit drugs with poor judgement because they are stressed out and wish to escape their problems in life.
- Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana have been called gateway drugs that could lower the inhibitions of people that are already under the influence to take risks that they would not normally take. Taking drugs while intoxicated can create a ruse that it is only experimental and that they can handle the effects.
Unfortunately, many times these hard drugs are taken voluntarily once and lead to the dependency of wanting to get the same high again. The chemical messenger, dopamine, floods the brain with the good feelings of being high. This reward system in the brain encourages the person to take the drugs again on the basis to continue to thrive in the pleasurable sensations of the drug.
Overstimulation makes the brain adjust to the effects of the dopamine by making less of it naturally creating the need for an individual to take more drugs. Tolerance builds because of this circuit with drugs. Trying to take more of the drug to achieve the same result of the dopamine high is how the addiction can transpire. The brain chemistry is changed and the compulsion to the drugs take over. The pleasure of the drug subsides and the need to recreate the desired effect takes over creating the vicious cycle of addiction.
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