Why do people keep using drugs? (Even when it’s wreaking havoc in their lives)

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

Why do people keep using drugs?

Many people start using substances to feel good, to feel better, to do better, or out of curiosity. However, as a SUD develops and progresses, it affects brain function, and a person’s ability to control their use diminishes. What was once a decision to use turns into a compulsion. This is why engaging with treatment as soon as possible is so important. “This impairment in self-control is the hallmark of addiction” according to NIDA.[1]

While the initial decision to use alcohol or drugs is voluntary, no one chooses to become addicted.