Drug Abuse and Dependence - Cause
Most of the time,
drug abuse starts with casual use. People don't use drugs because they want to be
addicted. Drugs can make
you feel good for a while. They may make you feel energetic, self-confident,
and powerful. You may take a drug to reduce
anxiety or to help you forget a problem.
changes your brain and how it works. If you continue to use drugs,
you may develop strong cravings for them, and it may get harder to say "no" to further use. At the same time, you may begin to lose interest in
activities you always enjoyed. This is because you may feel that they are not
as enjoyable as using drugs. You may then become dependent.
Not everyone who uses drugs abuses them or becomes dependent. Other
things that influence whether this happens include your
genes, family, friends, and life situations. For more information, see
What Happens and What Increases Your Risk.