Does heavy use of alcohol and drugs create addiction?
Q: Does heavy use of alcohol and drugs create addiction?
People who use alcohol and drugs in large quantities over time may become addicted to them. But this is not always the case. Only a percentage of users will become dependent. For many people, this period of heavy usage can be just a phase.
Social and recreational alcohol and drug use lead some people to abusive use. During this period, there may be consequences, such as a DUI, and for many, these consequences will be enough to inspire them to quit or control their use. It is common to see college students, for example, drinking and using drugs while in school, but most will later become social drinkers capable of moderating their use.
For others, even multiple consequences will not have the same effect, and they will continue to use until they are drug-dependent or addicted. No matter what the case, abusive use needs to be considered a warning sign. Family intervention should be discussed and possibly pursued, earlier rather than later.
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Part 5 of “Why Don’t They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery.“
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