How Do You Get Addicted to Drugs?

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

The biggest misconception about drug use is that only weak people develop an addiction. The truth is, anyone can develop a dependence on illicit substances. So, how do you get addicted to drugs? This is an important question, especially if you’re wondering if you already have a problem.

How Do You Get Addicted to Drugs?

Every drug has psychoactive effects on the brain. Overall, mind-altering substances manipulate the signals between nerve cells. Often, these signals enhance euphoric sensations. Others block negative signals that cause pain.

Over time, these cognitive receptors acclimate to regular drug use. Consequently, you’ll end up needing higher amounts of a drug to feel the same effects. Eventually, you may need drugs to function normally, while feeling little to no euphoria. At this point, you likely have an addiction.

Signs of Drug Addiction

Tolerance is merely one sign of addiction. While you’ll need drugs to feel normal, you might take unusual measures to acquire them. For example, this can involve illegal activities such as stealing or money laundering.

Additionally, using drugs quickly becomes a priority. As such, you may find yourself scheduling daily activities around obtaining your next fix. Therefore, many people with addictions have no desire to hang around sober peers. Eventually, close relationships will suffer.

Overall, a person with drug dependence is virtually unable to stop. This means they may continue using despite health risks, job loss, or legal difficulties.

Visiting Rehab

Conquering addiction is never easy. However, with the right professional help, anything is possible. At 1st Choice Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, you’ll reach sobriety in a tranquil, rejuvenating environment. Our comfortable accommodations provide a variety of stress-relieving amenities. You’ll be able to focus completely on treatment. Relax, unwind, and heal with our help.

1st Step Behavioral Programs

If you or a loved one shows signs of addiction, get help immediately. Visit 1st Step Behavioral Health for comprehensive programs including:

Residential drug rehabilitation
Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
• Family and individual therapy
Intensive outpatient and outpatient programs
Dual diagnosis treatment
Drug detox

1st Step Behavioral Health understands everyone reaches sobriety in their own, unique way. Therefore, we offer everything from short-term inpatient drug rehab to long-term aftercare. When you’re free to progress at your own pace, the odds of successful recovery are much higher.

Does your addiction control your life? If so, contact us today at (866) 319-6126 to take the next step to becoming a better, healthier, sober you.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.