Reasons Why Many Turn to Drugs or Alcohol

Addiction can happen to anyone from any background, social status, race, and gender. If your loved one is addicted, it can be difficult to understand why they developed an addiction in the first place. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol so they do not have to feel stressed, lonely, scared, depressed, anxious, or hurt. Actually, drugs and alcohol can heighten the feelings that people attempt to avoid experiencing.

Why Some Develop an Addiction

Addiction has an inherited component and can be passed down through generations. An article on genes and addictions by L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman for the Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health explains, “Addictions are moderately to highly heritable. Family, adoption, and twin studies reveal that an individual’s risk tends to be proportional to the degree of genetic relationship to an addicted relative.”

Environmental factors can contribute to someone’s substance abuse. Young adolescents who lack parental involvement or live in an abusive home might turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their emotions. Teens are faced with peer pressure and can easily be influenced to experiment with drugs or alcohol to feel accepted.

Metabolism can influence whether or not a person develops an addiction. Everyone absorbs and processes compounds differently. This can determine how a drug will affect their body. Mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety can increase the risk of developing an addiction or substance use disorder and often co-occur with addiction. Some individuals use drugs or alcohol as a way to escape, but certain substances increase depression and anxiety.

Opioids are used for pain management and often prescribed after an illness, injury, or surgery to temporarily manage pain and recovery. Painkillers are addictive but safe when taken as prescribed. A person without any of the risk factors can also become addicted at any time.

Work-related Stress

Some people turn to drugs to increase work performance and productivity. Some drugs make you feel invincible, unleash your creative potential, or they help you relax and forget about all troubles that may stifle you at work. Ultimately, the temporary, short-lived feelings of euphoria can damage your actual, long-term wellbeing.

Drug and alcohol use disorders and addiction lower work productivity and can result in job loss due to frequent absences and tardiness. Addiction takes priority over all responsibilities, such as work, school, family, friends, and financial obligations. Eventually, addiction makes an impact on your self-care, nutrition, and health, which can lead to organ failure, brain damage, overdose, and early death.

Treatment for Addiction

There are healthy ways in which you can tackle your problems and grow professionally, without using drugs or alcohol. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get the help and support you need today. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Treatment is available and can be tailored to your specific needs. Do not be afraid to ask for help. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and there is hope in recovery. Take the first step toward restored health, a renewed spirit, and a rejuvenated and enjoyable life in recovery.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.