Drug Abuse and the Reasons Why Essay

1503 Words May 13th, 2013 7 Pages

Many questions have been raised about why people start using and abusing drugs and alcohol. Many people have spent time and effort researching these questions and have come up with common answers depending on which way a person is looking at the question. I am looking at this question from both a mental and emotional view. Drug and alcohol abuse has many definitions. Some may say that a person who drinks before noon is an alcoholic or someone who uses “street drugs” is a drug addict, but the truth is that anyone can be a drug addict or alcoholic. In my personal definition; a person who is mentally, emotionally or psychically dependent upon a substance is an addict. It does not matter if the substance is alcohol, “street
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Also I believe that people start to use drugs whether illegal or legal to escape something that they have gone through or are going through that they don’t know how to deal with.
What are some of the reasons why some people start using drugs you might ask? A common reason that people start using drugs is due to family issues. Sometimes there are issues that a person is going through that they don’t know how to deal with and are looking for some type of way to escape the reality of it. “The majority of individuals who abuse drugs during adulthood suffered some form of abuse or neglect during childhood. Suffering a traumatic experience during childhood is one of the most common reasons for drug abuse in teens and adults” (Know). They believe that they by running away from it or masking it might ease the pain of everything.
Another reason why people start is just simple curiosity. No matter what a person’s age is, they are generally speaking, curious about things in life. There is not an exception for drugs. Most people by their teens would have tried some type of drug or alcohol at least once. Some try them while they are at a party or some type of activity around others that might have already tried them and are beginning to become addicted. This has always been a problem especially for young children who have older siblings and look up to them as a role model, always mimicking the things that they see them doing openly or behind the closed door.

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