Can You Try Drugs without Getting Addicted to Them?

Can You Try Drugs without Getting Addicted to Them?While it may be possible to try drugs without getting addicted, a person needs to investigate why he or she wants to try drugs to begin with. By not addressing the underlying reasons that make drug use appealing, a person increases his or her risk to take drugs, abuse drugs and become addicted.

What Causes a Person to Try Drugs?

The following are some of the many factors that influence decisions to use drugs:

  • Curiosity. A person may have heard about the “benefits” of drug use, or he or she may be interested in seeing just what a high is like.
  • Exposure. People are exposed to drugs through the media, and movie or television portrayals of drug use may make using seem glamorous.
  • Availability. Drugs are readily available through peers, medicine cabinets, prescriptions and dealers.
  • Escape. Many people who try drugs for the first time do so to escape a reality they are struggling to deal with. Whether the person is trying to escape from a dysfunctional family environment, trying to relieve the boredom of a terrible job or trying to find happiness after a broken relationship, drugs can provide an avenue away from reality.
  • Peer pressure. Peer pressure has considerable influence over many people.
  • Lack of knowledge. A person may use a drug without knowing much about it. This is dangerous regardless of whether you are using a drug prescribed to you by a doctor or are purchasing a drug with unknown ingredients off of the street.
  • Rebellion. Using drugs may be motivated by the need to act out, pretend to be more grown up or simply to rebel against parents or other authority figures.
  • Environment. Children who grow up in an environment in which they have seen their parents consume large amounts of alcohol or drugs may believe such behavior to be acceptable or may not understand the risks associated with drug use.

Get Help for Substance Abuse and Addiction

If you or someone you know is abusing or is addicted to either prescribed or illegal substances, it is difficult to determine when a person’s use moves from therapeutic to addictive. We can help, so please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about substance abuse and the dangers of trying drugs. We are here to help.