The Other Causes for Addiction to Drugs
The biggest recreational users turn to drug addiction by curiosity of pills found around the home.
The media attention on drug addiction attempts to education parents and loved ones of the possible causes for the condition. Ironically, as more information is spread about drug addiction, the familiarity and increased availability of pharmaceuticals has created a rise in drug use. As more people are prescribed drugs for various reasons, it’s more common for children and teens to have access to pharmaceuticals. Drug addiction is sometimes just a simple effect from sheer curiosity.
Curiosity and Drug Addiction
For some teenagers, the start of drug addiction begins with sheer curiosity. If parents have pain or anxiety medications openly available to their teens, the attention given to different pharmaceuticals may lead to experimental drug use. With the amount of attention given to medications like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Ultram, and Xanax, drug addiction may stem from the sensationalism of these prescriptions.
Curiosity is the start for some users, but drug addiction is hard to detect when the family member or friend uses recreationally. Recreational drug use is common for people who are able to control the cravings. It isn’t until the cravings lead to increased doses and continued use that physical and mental drug addiction occurs.
Drug Addiction Decreases Stress
After a hard day at work or a stressful day at school, pharmaceuticals reduce stress. They relax and allow a person to unwind. This type of recreational use only leads to drug addiction if the user is unable to control cravings during the day. Marijuana and some pharmaceuticals are two of the most popular ways to relieve stress. For some users, drug addiction only occurs after anxiety leads to usage during the day. Recreational drug use for these users may never lead to addiction. These users may lead completely normal lives without any signs of drug addiction.
Signs of Drug Addiction
Recreational drug use for many people turns to drug addiction. If a friend or relative disregards important work functions or increases the frequency of doses, he may become physically and mentally dependent on the drug. Reclusiveness, depression, and antisocial behavior are also signs of drug addiction. If severe drug addiction to depressants like Xanax, Oxycontin, heroin, Vicodin, and alcohol are suspected, these drugs can lead to respiratory depression and possible cardiac arrest.
Family members who suspect a loved one of using depressant drugs like opiates and benzodiazepines are encouraged to get the user into treatment. For drug users with a strong desire and determination to recover, stay-at-home detox is possible. Other options are in-patient treatment, outpatient treatment, and psychological services. Results for recovery are determined by the user’s willingness and determination to overcome the drug addiction.