Why Do Some People Fall into Addiction and Others Don’t?

As the friend or family member (or hey, even if it’s yourself) of someone who became addicted to drugs or alcohol, you’ve probably mulled the idea over many times in your head. Just why do some people become addicted to drugs and alcohol and others don’t? Surely the clear majority try alcohol from time to time, and it’s no secret that certainly some people try drugs once in their lives, be it in high school or college, during the “experimental” season of their lives. But some people, try it and move on with their lives almost like nothing ever happened.

Still, others try it and don’t think much of it until, before they ever knew what hit them, they’re being slung into the depths of addiction right before their very eyes. People typically make assumptions that can sometimes just be completely misinformed.

For one, people tend to believe that a user can “just stop.” To break a simple habit seems easy enough, right? Well, sure, but that’s not always the case. Addiction isn’t simply a habit, and while we can’t say that it’s impossible to “just stop,” as there are certainly those that do, but most of substance abusers/addicts must deal with the rewiring of the brain. The body’s natural tendency to maintain homeostasis at all costs, comes with a price tag. Withdrawals. Cravings.

While it’s true, that even the worst of addictions’ detoxification process and major withdrawal symptoms can last just about two weeks, you can’t know the pain and misery of withdrawal until you’ve been there. It’s enough to drive users right back into the arms of addiction, several times over for some.

The truth is that no one has pegged down the actual reason why some people become addicted and others don’t. There are just too many factors from nature to nurture and everything in between.

N.D. “The Real Reason Some People Become Addicted to Drugs”. The Conversation. (website). 2017
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  • Some People grow the habit of taking alcohol or some particular drug, and become addicted .
  • It’s been said for many years how some are genetically predisposed to it however I’m not sure what that is in reference to. Growing up with addiction will often be a reality of many addicts. The chaos that comes with addiction becomes a norm and can feel comfortable in adulthood.
  • Anyone who feels the need to be excessive with substances on a regular basis for whatever reason is probably going to end up addicted.
  • I suffered from an eating disorder starting at the age of 13. I also started drinking alcohol excessively at the age of 14. I started smoking when I was 12! I was shy and introverted; alcohol seemed to alleviate my shyness and introversion somewhat. I carried on in this manner and drank as much alcohol as possible whenever it was available to me. I remember drinking a glass of gin, then going to school!!! I remember drinking so much that I started screaming and then passing out. As the years went by, my eating disorder flared up
    ( alternating between binging and starving).
    I still binged on alcohol whenever there was some available. I am still suffering from these addictions now at the age of 64! I don't starve anymore, but that isn't any consolation. My binge eating is still with me, and in full force. I went on a 7 day binge recently. It is no wonder that I was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 30. I don't want to give into my addictions anymore. My poor body just can't take it! I don't drink alcohol or smoke but that is probably because I have been too busy consuming copious amounts of food.
    I was a caffeine fan and still am but had to give that up because I wanted more and more of the stuff. Doing some research, I discovered I was taking between 500 and 1000 MG's of caffeine per day. Yes, I think all of the above are addictions. I am sure no addict chooses to be one; I didn't.
  • "I am sure no addict chooses to be one; I didn't."

    @Ann1954... Amen to that.
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