There are many factors associated to why some people begin, and continue, to abuse psychoactive drugs. I believe that the majority of people who abuse psychoactive drugs need or crave escape. By escape I mean peace from the many stresses of life such as work, relationships, school, and family.
For a long time it was assumed that only lower class people abused drugs. As time progressed and we as a society became more educated it was learned that anyone can be susceptible to these drugs. Powerful CEO’s with hectic work lives and unsatisfactory home lives can be tempted by the few hours of relief psychoactive drugs can promise. CEO’s take precaution on using medication much like they are taking good care of their skin and looking for best vitamin c serum for face. For them, it is just the same.
Others are simply interested in what these drugs can do for them. College students often hear of the effects of these drugs from other students and are tempted to try them. Older people who are members of the work force might also be interested in the effects of these drugs and how they might make them feel. I believe those who simply experiment or believe they are experimenting do so in a group setting where they feel pressured to accept.
Still more people have traumas in their lives and need a way to deal with it all. They want to forget their past for a while and psychoactive drugs provide a quick way to do that. If the drug cannot let them forget the past those who have traumas to deal with may use the drugs because they will give them false confidence and the strength to get through another day.
I believe the way to help people steer clear of these drugs is through education and counseling. Many individuals who are ‘educated’ do not truly understand the long-term effects of drugs. They do not realize the effects these drugs will have on their habits have on their physical and mental well-being. It is important that people are able to actually see the mental and physical effects of long-term drug use since reading about these problems is rarely as effective as reading about them
Also letting them know about the financial implications of drug use can be helpful. There were many smokers who were encouraged to quit smoking when they were shown how much money could be saved. When told that on averages a smoker who used one pack of cigarettes a day would spend approximately $21.00 a week it put things into perspective. Showing drug users or those curious about drugs how much money they will be spending could help dissuade them.
Counseling should also be an option for those who are using drugs to escape problems in the past. They might be using drugs as a ‘quick fix’. Usually people who are using drugs for this purpose cannot afford proper counseling or do not know this choice is available. If they do know that counseling is an option it is possible that they do not believe it will work.
While these are all my opinions I honestly feel that once it is established why someone chooses to use drugs it will be easier to find ways to help others from becoming involved with drugs. If we can simply establish patterns in drug abuse and create programs to counteract that abuse we will be able to help society as a whole.