The Beginnings of Addiction

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Ever Wondered How Addiction Begins?

You’re upset; you’re frustrated; you have no idea what to do; everything you attempt goes sideways. But… there’s always that one miracle drug everyone raves about. Maybe if you use it, everything will be okay.


Addiction rarely starts that way. An average first-time user has no idea how the drug will make them feel and doesn’t take it to cope with past trauma or to feel better.

The first time most individuals take drugs is a spontaneous event that has no detailed plan behind it. Party environments are common triggers for spontaneous drug abuse. Imagine you rock up to a party expecting alcoholic beverages to be the main source of entertainment, but then you see a partygoer bring out a bag of white powder.

It’s cocaine. A drug you’ve never seen in person before, but at this party, every guest is giving it a try. Your friends and work colleagues are even trying it, so obviously there is no reason for you to abstain, right?

Multiple thin lines of the white powder are drawn on the countertop. A five-pound note is rolled up and the lines begin to vanish. Your best friend takes a hit then passes you the note.

Your chest starts pounding; you’re sweating; you start to play out in your head what could happen. Will you like the feeling? Should you try it?

You Start to Inhale the Powder; What Do You Feel?

Strange yet empowered. You suddenly feel the adrenaline running through your body. You’re jittery. Your hands are waving and your feet are moving; you’re dancing as you’ve never danced before. Everyone is having fun and you feel on top of the world.

That is Until the Drug’s Effects Die Down.

Now you feel sluggish; disorientated; and assume the party is winding up. But it hasn’t. Music is still booming and everyone else is still enjoying the party atmosphere. You’re head starts pounding. You have to take a seat and try to figure out what is happening to you. Your friend comes to check on you. You don’t know how to explain what feeling is manifesting in your head. Your friend quickly assumes you’re okay and just want a second line of cocaine.

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The mere mention of more coke makes your heart race. Is it really what you need right now? You’d rather avoid it.

A second friend joins you and encourages you to take another hit. The friend helps you to your feet and guides you across to the countertop with the rolled-up £5 notes and lines of white powder. You do it; you snort a second line of coke. Your heartbeat syncs up with the rhythm of the music and you close your eyes.

While you won’t necessarily become addicted to cocaine by undertaking the actions in the above story, there’s a chance you will. Peer pressure is a significant contributing factor in the development of an addiction. The pressure to appear cool, fit in the group and experience new feelings that everyone else is already privy to.

You can develop an addiction to any type of drug and the possibility increases if you find yourself in a similar scenario to when you first used it. While some people seem to have the ability to limit their use and function normally while using drugs, understanding that many drugs are physically not just psychologically addicting is important. With repeated use, your brain will become chemically altered and you’ll need more and more of the drug to experience any pleasurable effects.