How Do You Say No to Drugs?

The issue of drug use and drug addiction often rests on how good a person feels about their life and what their individual life experiences have looked like. The disease of addiction, also known as a substance use disorder, stems from specific influencers that predispose a person towards becoming an addict or alcoholic. Science has now discovered that people who use drugs and get addicted have many things in common. The indicators that explain why or how someone can get addicted to a drug, or alcohol, can help us understand better why you or someone you love might say yes to drugs.    

The Three Main Factors That Will Indicate an Increased Risk of Developing an Addiction

The National Institute on Drug Abuse conducts advanced research and provide cutting-edge data and insight into the disease of addiction. They have identified three factors that will indicate an increased risk of developing an addiction. First, most people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol can claim the following to be true for them:   

Biology. [Genetic history of addiction] presence of other mental disorders- influence the risk for drug use and addiction. Environment. Family, friends,  economic status, peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, stress, and quality of parental guidance. Developmental. Combined genetic and environmental factors interact with critical developmental stages in a person’, affecting addiction risk. Although taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier that drug use begins, the more likely it will progress to addiction. (NIDA
How Do You Say No to Drugs?

How to Overcome the Peer Pressure?

The peer pressure to use drugs is a big concern for younger people, but it is also happening to adults. Prescription drug addiction mainly occurs with people over the age of 25. These individuals, like teenagers, are also being influenced to use drugs to calm their anxiety, make them feel awake, or mix their prescription medications with alcohol. So the answer to saying no to drugs is to never say yes to any mood-altering substance- including addictive prescription medications.  

If you or someone you know is trying drugs and can’t say no, there is likely something going on emotionally or mentally. The precursors for drug use and addiction often include a history of trauma, abuse, or neglect. For example, they are damaged when someone has witnessed violence, experienced a dangerous accident, or been physically, emotionally, or mentally abused. Undiagnosed emotional or mental health disorders will also prompt a person to desire a drug to feel better.

Why Are Drugs Now More Dangerous to Use?

Taking drugs that will often lead to addiction is now more than ever a matter of life or death.  Today, the drugs out there are cut with a variety of other substances to increase the effects and get someone hooked quicker. Drug dealers want the users to get addicted. By selling more potent drugs that intoxicate a person -more- they are achieving it. The types of drugs that are available on the street are now laced with synthetic drugs to get someone higher. For example, unlike in the past, when a person buys cocaine, they will usually get a bindle of Fentanyl laced coke and die instantly. 

Other drugs that are popular to try these days that are no longer the drug itself are club drugs like ecstasy or Molly, which are now almost always cut with methamphetamine, heroin/Fentanyl, or benzodiazepines. Getting pure drugs on the street is a thing of the past. However, many drug users now prefer cocktail-type drugs because of the extreme euphoria these drug mixtures cause. Again, the issue is not about safe or unsafe drugs but about a person’s desire not to use drugs. 

What Help Is Available for Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Use Drugs?

The help that is available today to support an individual’s emotional and mental health is superior. There are evidence-based forms of therapy that are proven to help many people out of depression, anxiety or to help them get through stressful experiences and relationships. The number one behavioral therapy recommended for many types of mental or emotional issues is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of psychological therapy helps the person understand how their individual thinking patterns cause them to feel negatively. 

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy also improves self-esteem, helps people cope with life stressors, and gives them a more positive assessment of their lives. Cognitive-behavioral treatment is appropriate for a broad spectrum of disorders. Don’t run the risk and say yes to using drugs.  Drugs not only kill people instantly these days, but they can also ruin your life within weeks. The therapy is available and works. Let us help you right now. 

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