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Why am I addicted to alcohol or drugs?

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Last Updated: 04/24/2018 at 3:24pm
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Veronica Wade-Hampton, LPC

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I enjoy working with individuals of all capacities as I view the role of therapist as one in which you help the client learn to cope with the pressures of daily life.

Top Rated Answers
December 7th, 2015 6:32pm
Because your body has a system that tries to mantain homeostasis in the brain and when you start taking drugs your body tries to compensate by lowering the amoun of neurotransmitter it uses, so when you try to stop you are left with less neurotransmitters that you had before thus making you want to take the drug to compensate.
November 6th, 2014 5:21am
Addiction tends to "fill" a void with another void. It's an attempt to feel "full" while being empty
April 10th, 2015 7:32pm
I know for myself when I was addicted to drugs, it was a way to replace something and to feel something. When I started doing drugs, I felt like I was overwhelmed and shut down emotionally. If I felt anything it was negative emotions. I rarely felt happy. The drugs allowed me to feel happy even though it was false. The alcohol and drugs numb the pain. Everyone's reasons for doing drugs vary, but when you get to the core of the reason it helps you to overcome the addiction and to find healthy alternatives to get the same results.
April 24th, 2018 3:24pm
Why am I addicted? Because it is something that helps me feel different than depressed or anxious. I'm allowed to forget about what people expect from me and just be myself. I am allowed to be free. I feel free. I drink and I do drugs. I regret neither one. They have both helped me immensely through the years. Yes, addiction isn't good, but sometimes you need to be addicted to something other than self-harm, the number on the scale, or the calories you consumed. I'm addicted because I feel like myself when I'm on them.
October 23rd, 2014 1:33pm
some people are and in today society it is becoming worse as people use drugs and alcohol to relax after a long stressful day
October 28th, 2014 1:35am
Maybe you have problems in your social life, family or job, and you don't know how to face them, so you think the only way out of it are alcohol and drugs.
November 4th, 2014 8:43pm
you will be addicted to drugs for many reasons though mine were escapism,blocking out unwanted thoughts that need adressing problems that would dissapear with drugs
November 7th, 2014 9:04pm
Alcohol and drug usage is very addicting, before I became a licensed therapist, I had a Alcohol usage addiction.
November 12th, 2014 6:53pm
Not only alcohol or drugs can be defined as an addiction. Anything which interferes in your normal day to day activities and stops you from doing that is an addiction. Video games, Gambling for example. The reason why alcohol drugs smoking are put on top of addictions list is that they do quick damage to the body. There are a lot of free De-addiction centers which can easily release you from their iron-grip hold. But with a little bit of work from your part.
December 26th, 2014 2:38pm
There could be several reasons, such as genes, family history, or mental and physical problems. There is never just one reason. The simplest answer is because you use drugs and alcohol, and in your case, you shouldnt.
January 2nd, 2015 6:07am
Because you have got used to it, you may feel you need it to cope with life and that you can't get by without it, but that's just the addiction phase.
September 21st, 2015 3:50am
To Cope with pain, and trauma. Drug addiction also runs in your genes. You never know whos affected
September 22nd, 2015 8:07am
the pains of withdrawals, a way to escape your problems, or feeling unsatisfied with life without the stimulation or relaxant which makes you rely on its effects.
December 15th, 2015 6:37pm
You use alcohol or drugs to cope with your problems instead of trying to find the solution to your problem.
May 16th, 2017 4:44am
I cannot answer why you have this addiction, as everyone has a different experience. However, a close family member struggled with addiction, and the reason stemmed from untreated depression. Many people use drugs to self medicate the pain of depression or other stresses. My family member sought out help from a therapist, as well as anti depressants, and this helped him find the strength to understand the cause of his addiction, and end it.