Why Do People Use Drugs And Alcohol?


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Drug and Alcohol addiction can destroy the lives of you and your loved ones. It is essential to accept your addiction and immediately seek substance abuse treatment. The first step of the treatment plan is to identify the addiction and determine the underlying causes. There can be several emotional, physical, and psychological reasons behind your addiction. Let’s understand all of these in detail. Below, we have stated the common reasons people use drugs and alcohol!


The death of a loved one, like a close friend or a family member, can be emotionally devastating for you. Everyone handles their grief in different ways. You may decide to seek counseling or resort to drugs to cope with your grief in the short term. However, this short-term coping mechanism may turn into a long-term dependence.

End of a relationship- 

One of the most destructive events in your life might be the end of a relationship. A breakup or a divorce can negatively affect your self-confidence, thus affecting others aspects of your life, including friendships, family, and career. In the absence of appropriate emotional support, you might seek drug or alcohol abuse to grieve the loss of your relationship.

Financial Stress- 

Financial stress can be overwhelming for some people and may trigger addiction. Substance use might help you forget about your financial responsibilities or avoid them altogether. However, it will eventually affect you and your family.


Even if you have not used them, hearing positive feedback about drugs may interest you in trying them. You may be intrigued or genuinely curious to try the experience of consuming drugs or alcohol.

Academic Pressures- 

Many students face large workloads with homework and classes and financial stress from student loans. Additionally, balancing work and family while going to school can negatively impact their academic performance. A person is more likely to use drugs or alcohol under such stressful situations.

Environmental influences- 

The environment that a person has been exposed to influences their ability to consume drugs or alcohol. If someone grows up in poverty or an environment with addiction and crime, they are more likely to get addicted to certain things. They may find drug or alcohol use acceptable and believe it is part of life.

Peer pressure-

 One of the most common reasons people consume drugs or alcohol is peer pressure. Also called social pressure, you may begin using drugs or alcohol because of the external influence of your peers. For you, it may be something that you all share in common. Therefore, you may feel pressured to consume drugs even if you deeply understand its dire consequences. Additionally, the media may glorify drug or alcohol use, so you may also be pressured to participate as well.


As an adult, you face certain life obligations like family, work, and bills. It might get very exhausting to deal with responsibilities. Therefore, you may look for ways to relax and find a balance between having fun and managing your duties. As a result, you may start using drugs or alcohol to unwind on weekends and eventually develop an addiction.

Regardless of the factors that affect your substance abuse disorder, the truth remains that it is a debilitating habit and entails long-term consequences for your physical and mental health. Addiction also destroys families and relationships, thus requiring immediate treatment before it’s too late. Seeking a drug rehab treatment program is crucial.

About Magnolia Ranch Recovery Addiction Treatment Center

It is essential to stay positive during drug addiction rehab to avoid relapses. At Magnolia Ranch Recovery, we offer premium addiction treatment services to our clients and assist them with their drug rehab program, along with mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders. Our team of trained therapists aims to provide supportive and compassionate care to those suffering from drug abuse. Our clients choose us for our personalized inpatient programs, residential treatment, and individually designed treatment options. For more information about us, contact us at 888-992-7955 or connect with us via email at info@magnoliaranchrecovery.com. You can also fill out our contact form to get a call back from us.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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