I had a family member ask me several years ago what I thought would have prevented my addiction . In other words, what contributed to me going down this road to becoming an addict? For many who struggle with addiction , abuse and trauma play a significant role.
People take drugs because they want to change something about themselves or their life. They can’t handle or control situations in life so instead of confronting them, they hide behind them, using drugs and alcohol to mask the pain or problem.
It is a sad reality the vast majority of people who become addicted to tobacco, alcohol and drugs take their first puff, chew, sip, snort or injection when they are young—often, very young. In recent decades substance abuse has become more widespread among pre-teen children.