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This week’s question:
“What Leads People to Drug Addiction and Alcoholism?” is a question that was emailed to me by a subscriber on my list. The following is the answer I gave.
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What Leads People to Drug Addiction and Alcoholism?
If you were in a room filled with alcoholics and addicts asking that question you would hear a variety of answers. Then you would discover that those in the room are more alike than unique when it comes to the disease of alcohol and addiction.
The incidents, environment, and people that are given credit for the use and abuse of substances may be different. However, the emotions expressed are very similar.
Here are answers some of my clients have given to this question in individual and group therapy sessions (adolescent and adults similar answers)
- Everyone in my family does it
- Peer pressure
- To impress a girl/guy
- I just wanted to have fun at a party
- I am shy and it made me join the crowd with comfort
- Someone dared me and I liked it
- I don’t like myself
- Bad life experience
- Avoidance of physical or emotional pain
- It seemed like fun
I have worked with alcoholics and addicts for a little over 20 years. The ages of my clients have ranged from 15-70+. Our youth benefit from sitting in a group with older clients that are in recovery at least once in treatment.
The purpose would be to hear their own story coming from someone who has an older face. Identification in the recovery process is a significant part of the recovery journey. Learning that you are not alone, seeing and hearing what can happen to you sometimes motivates. In addition, the person in treatment either learns from another person’s story how he/she doesn’t want to end up, or think that’s my story I need to hear how you made it.
Identification works better with adults if he/she are ready to change. Adolescents quickly identify out of the process believing they are invincible and that this could never be them.
As you read above there are a variety of answers to the question “What Leads People to Drug Addiction and Alcoholism?” Feel free to add more to this list by commenting below. Send your questions if you haven’t already by Clicking Here to contact me.
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