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Causes of Drug Abuse

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Jul 15, 2019
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Causes of Drug Abuse

There are various biological and psycho- social factors that help to initiate substance abuse in an individual.

There are certain common factors that are associated with the cause of drug abuse. They are-

1. Biological Factors:

  • Family history, genetic predisposition
  • Preexisting psychiatric or personality disorder, or a medical disorder.
Causes of Drug abuse: Personality disorder
  • Reinforcing effects of drugs.
  • Withdrawal effects and craving.
  • Biochemical factors
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2. Psychological Factors:

  • Curiosity
  • As a novelty.
  • Social rebelliousness.
  • Early initiation
  • Poor control.
  • Sensation seeking. (Feeling high).
  • Low self-esteem (Anomie).
  • Poor stress management.
  • Childhood loss or trauma.
Causes of Drug abuse: Childhood Trauma
  • As a relief from fatigue or boredom.
  • To escape reality.
  • No interest in conventional goals.
  • Psychological distress.

3. Social factors:

  • Peer pressure. (One of the most important causes.)
  • Role-Modeling
  • Easy availability of alcohol and drugs.
  • Conflicts (usually intrafamilial).
  • Religious reasons.
  • Lack of social or familial support.
  • Social attitude.
  • Rapid urbanization

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Ayandiran

The information is good,simple and direct to the points,highly educative.but what are date of publication,especially reference purpose

Ovadje

THE EFFECTS ON THE SOCIETY Drugs and alcohol can cause effects on the society like:- illness… As a result of all these abuse of drugs in our planet earth today, there are so many economical problems as it can lead to mental illness like psychoses or neurological illnesses. From Engr. Spark Victory Ovadje 2347060834856

bety5

what about the social causes eg peer pressure

mag823

my daughter is intreatment as of this letter.she is a drug abuser of all drugs and she told me that she was born with an addicted personality.dont't we all have some kind of addiction be it coffee,video games etc?my probelm understanding this comment from her is that she used the drugs time and again,but had she never did these drugs,she would not have this addiction?

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