Why Do People Turn To Drugs?
I have heard this question before and also have thought of it myself. It's definitely a very sad thing seeing someone struggling with an affliction that they can't help themselves with. Also it's very sad when family or friends can't or don't help either. I understand there's only so much someone can do to help and the rest it up to the addict. I think another reason why they don't stop is because they realize they have to do a very hard thing on their own.
Besides that, here is my theory on how people may turn to drugs and alcohol. The heroin addict that you see slumped over on the sidewalk and as you glare at them as you walk by thinking "Why can't they just clean up their act?" and you see the sadness in their eyes. That you think is the need for more of the drug, but in reality its what life struggles they had previously went through, currently going through and the need for the drug. Next time you walk by some "hobo" on the street just think that maybe they were raped when they were younger or beaten by their parents. With that happening maybe they never had learnt the skills to deal with such a trauma so in turn they go to drugs.
As you may of guessed I have been watching a lot of Intervention lately. I have noticed a few common things with drugs addicts. A lot of them seem to of had some previous trauma in their life that they never learnt the skills or never could deal with properly to get over it. So instead they just push it way down and bury it with drugs. Whether it be rape, assault, beatings by parents, being pushed to hard by parents to do better, not being loved by parents, feelings of not being welcome and also being gay and not feeling accepted especially by family.
Learning all of these things myself truly makes me believe that Marijuana, "Pot" being a gateway drug is ridiculous. I believe it is all the previously mentioned assault in either physical or mental/emotional that is the "gateway" for these people.
Also another few theories for why people may begin doing drugs. Curiosity and the need to get first hand experience with alcohol and drugs. No matter the good/bad information they are given about drugs and alcohol they still need to experience it for themselves. The second theory is social pressure, to fit in with others and thinking that they wouldn't fit in if they didn't drink alcohol or do drugs. Finally, because they were raised in an environment where it is just part of daily life. This is what they've seen, this is what they know. For example, my parents did it so I'll do it too. It would end up being just as normal as driving on the right side of the road.