There are many reasons why people turn to drugs, and many reasons why they choose to get help. Some people choose to use drugs because of pressure from family. Others feel peer pressure from friends. Some people simply want to experiment. There are also some that want to get away from a painful reality.
Parents and other family members do not realize the damage drugs can do, and how they can affect their family relations. Family has the power to make people feel the need for drugs. Recently a friend returned to a detoxification program for alcohol addiction. He was addicted to alcohol for years, but went to rehabilitation and was clean for over ten months. His family had been pressing him and felt he was still using drugs, even though he was clean. Due to the pressure from his parents, he used alcohol again about a week ago for the first time in months. He did not want to do it, but he did. For the following week, he had to keep drinking it seemed just to survive it, or else he would go through withdrawal. He is now in detoxification for a week, and plans to stay clean. He knows he messed up by using that one last time, but he felt he needed it, and that is why he is getting help.
Pressure from one's peers can cause a person to use drugs. If a teenager is at a party and there is marijuana around, they may feel they need to smoke the marijuana to be accepted. If everyone at the party is smoking, the teen may think he or she will be criticized or ridiculed if they do not smoke with the other people at the party.
There are times in one's life where they are in an experimental phase. Many times this comes around the time of adolescence. Adolescents may feel the need to try all kinds of things to learn for themselves the effects. Many adolescents want to learn from their own experience, and if someone tells them the effects of a drug or an action, they want to find out for the