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Understanding & Preventing Substance Abuse Addiction In Florida


There are certain people who use recreational drugs without becoming addicted however the majority of individuals that use drugs become physically and mentally dependent on them. Substance abuse occurs commonly and can occur for a variety of different reasons. A person’s vulnerability to their addiction depends on their social environment, their overall health and their genetic makeup as well as countless other factors. Even though an individual may recognize the cause of their substance abuse they still might not accept the fact that they’ve become addicted. The following are some signs and symptoms that may indicate addiction to recreational or prescription drugs:

  • Problems developing or maintaining relationships
  • Continuous cravings for drugs
  • Increased dosage of drugs with passage of time
  • Anger or aggression when on unavailability of the drug
  • Feelings of powerlessness
  • Abandoning other recreational activities
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feelings of depression
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts

Once a person becomes addicted to substance abuse they generally require professional help in order to overcome their condition. Understanding the basic reasons that may drive someone to substance abuse can be helpful in dealing with the issues that lead to substance abuse before it becomes a problem. The common reasons people become addicted to substance abuse are:

Legality Of Recreational Drugs

Substances such as nicotine or alcohol are legal substances that may have an addictive effect. However the sale of both these substances has been regulated. According to statistics, almost 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year making alcohol the 3rd leading preventable cause of death in the country. People who use recreational drugs like marijuana generally are self-medicating for anxiety, trauma and/or stress. In their own way, they rebel against authority by smoking marijuana rather than consuming alcohol which is legal but more dangerous than marijuana.

Prescription Medication Is Safe

Oftentimes when people are prescribed medication by a doctor, they think that it is safe to consume and has no consequences whatsoever. However, opiate-based prescriptions such as Morphine are extremely addictive and act as a gateway to drugs like Heroin.

Fitting In With Peers

Young adults and teenagers mostly start using drugs as a way to fit in with the “cool” crowd. The rebellious nature of the teenage era may lead down the path to substance abuse as young adults and teenagers don’t comprehend the consequences associated with the severity of drug use and addiction.

Doing Drugs In Order To Deal With Depression

People afflicted with depression often struggle to get proper diagnosis or treatment for their problem, however, when they fail they resort to self-medication to treat the symptoms of their depression. Such people often turn to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or other mind-altering substances which often acts as a gateway towards addiction issues.

Experimentation With New Substances

The majority of people that abuse drugs do so in order to feel better and get rid of stress, anxiety or depression. People also use mind altering substances to enhance their pleasure in carrying out certain activities.

Whatever the cause of a person’s addiction may be, it is a widely accepted fact among health practitioners that addiction is more of a psychological phenomenon than a physical one. It takes time and ongoing professional support in dealing with the causes of drug addiction. If you or someone you love commits substance abuse in Florida and gets into trouble with the law it is highly advisable that you retain the services of a Tampa drug lawyer to safeguard your rights and protect your freedom.

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