How do people get Addicted?

Addiction is far more common than most people realize and this is a major problem. Part of the problem is all of the people who believe that they can control their addiction and that they don't really have a problem. This simply shows a lack of understanding about why people become addicts. Once you understand this it will be obvious that you can't control your addiction with will power.

Obviously the key to getting addicted is to actually use whatever it is that you have become addicted to. After all you can't get addicted to cigarettes if you never try smoking. What happens in most cases is that there will be a change in your brain chemistry. Your brain is constantly producing chemicals that perform various functions in the body. When you use a drug some of these chemicals are introduced from an outside source. When this happens your brain no longer produces the chemicals because it has come to rely on the outside source. Once this happens you are an addict.

Clearly the more frequently that you use a drug the more likely it is that you will become addicted to it. Your body is not going to stop producing the chemicals the first time that you use the drug; it does take a prolonged usage. The obvious implication here is that the sooner you address your addiction problem the better the chances will be that you will be able to get over it successfully. This is because the longer that you rely on the outside source of the chemicals the harder it is going to be to get your brain to start producing them again.

While it is clear that if you use a drug for a long enough time period there will be changes in your brain what is not clear is why people initially use the drug for long enough for this to happen. Some of the reasons are well understood like peer pressure but there do seem to be some people who just have an addictive personality. These are the people who are the most likely to use a drug until they reach the point where the chemical changes start to occur.

Although some people are more likely than others to become addicts the fact remains that anybody can become an addict if they use a drug frequently enough. This is why it is important to stay away from addictive substances, you may think that you can control it but eventually you will reach the point where you can't. Once you get to the point where chemical changes are occurring in your brain it is going to take a lot more than will power to get over the addiction. This is where a lot of people get into trouble, they believe that they can control their drug use and it turns out that they can't.