No one wants to be a drug addict or alcoholic, but this doesn’t stop people from getting addicted. The most commonly asked question is simply – how? How could my son, daughter, father, sister, or brother become a liar, a thief, someone who cannot be trusted? How could this happen? And why won’t they stop?

Addiction Therapy Is The Best Hope For A Better Future

Alcohol and drug abuse can be influenced by a number of qualifying issues. Those individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol want to change how they feel because they desire to feel better or make themselves in someway special. By using drugs and alcohol for these internal and external changes, they want to experience something bigger, better and outside the normal everyday experience, and they don’t think of the potential harm they may be causing to themselves and to their families. This can happen with both legal and illegal drugs, really anything that can change your feeling can cause an addictive disorder.  Addiction therapy hopes to end this cycle of abuse and create new goals and better feelings to ensure that individuals have a reason to stay sober.
Most individuals use drugs and alcohol to relax, have fun, to be part of a group and to escape from physical and or psychological distress. In most cases, the reasons young people use alcohol and drugs are no different from the reasons adults abuse drugs and alcohol.

Addiction Treatment Is The Best Way Forward

Alcohol and drug abuse are categorized in five main areas, and most addicts fall into experimental and recreational drug and alcohol abuse categories. The problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse occur at all levels of use. Addiction treatment is the proper action to take to ensure that these issues do not get out of hand.
Experimental use: individuals try drugs or alcohol out of curiosity. Some individuals risk a lack of tolerance, and of not knowing how they will react, as well as risks that may be associated with effects from the drug. This is the reason why so many adolescents year in and year out wind up getting severely hurt or even dying as a result of even limited use of drugs or alcohol.
Recreational use: individuals choose to use drugs and alcohol purely  for enjoyment, especially to enhance a mood or social situation.
Situational use: individuals use substances to cope with demands of particular situations. An example would be: amphetamines have been used by long distance truck drivers to maintain alertness and by certain athletes to gain energy and to stay “in the zone”.
Intensive use: sometimes called “binge using”, where an individual will consume a heavy amount of drugs quickly, without regard to consequences.
Dependent use: individuals are completely dependent on a drug after heavy use for a significant amount of time. At this point they may have no choice but to take drugs and alcohol consistently in order to cope with everyday life. Drug and alcohol dependence is often psychological, physical, or both.

Get Help At An Addiction Center

It is common for people to move between categories, and one stage does not inevitably lead to the next. Movement between categories occurs for many reasons, most often as a person attempts to balance the benefits from using the drug against what the person believes are the costs of using the drug.  Once the costs become to great to bear, it becomes necessary to get help at an addiction center.