Reasons people experiment with drugs
People take drugs for a number of reasons, for some it’s because they want to change something about their lives or they are not happy about their life in general, so they think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become a huge problem. Here are 7 reasons why people experiment with drugs.
A Bonding Experience
Some people are shy and have trouble making friends, especially at a new school or a new job. They may turn to drugs and alcohol to help them feel more confident or to bond with people in social settings. This isn’t the same as direct peer pressure because it comes from the person’s need to fit in.
Some people turn to drugs and alcohol as a a way to escape their depression. They may feel like drugs are a good way to lift their mood or run away from the intense emotions they are feeling. This is not a healthy way to deal with depression, though Choma. There are many places where you can find help and learn about healthy ways to deal with depression. One organisation you can contact is the South African Depression and Anxiety Group on their helpline: 011 234 4837.
Everyone is curious about something at some point and it’s often the reason why lots of teens start using drugs. The only downside is that drugs always end up being a problem, so rather shift your curiosity towards healthier things.
One of the most common reasons that someone starts experimenting with drugs and alcohol is that they are simply bored and have no deeper interests. If you are bored, it’s better to take up a new hobby, find something to do around the house or get occupied with school work or reading. Experimenting with drugs just isn’t the answer.
People who experiment with drugs because of stress often don’t have healthy coping skills, which then leads to drug abuse. SADAG offers advice and tips on how to manage life’s daily stressors so you don’t end up having unhealthy coping habits.
We all learn about it and think it won’t happen to us, but often peer pressure is the reason why most people experiment with drugs and alcohol. Everyone experiences peer pressure, but how we respond to it is very important. Remember, that it’s okay to say ‘no’, especially if a friend is offering you an illegal substance or anything that might be harmful to you. It’s better to be unpopular than to risk your health. Family history
Drug use can be inherited - this means that if there is a family history of drug addiction or alcoholism, it might be easier for you to become addicted to these substances. The best thing to do if you know that you have a history of addiction in your family, is to rather stay away from all drugs completely. Rather safe than sorry, Choma.
As difficult as it may be to face your problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem that you might be trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get help or healthier coping mechanisms and not take drugs in the first place.
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