Campaigns, movements, ads, and commercials are created and displayed for the world to see every day. It is common knowledge that drugs wreak havoc on your life and should not be tampered with. Yet with that said, many people still find themselves in a bind that they never meant to encounter, anyhow. Drug addiction is a monster and poison much stronger than anyone could ever hope to imagine. 

Oftentimes a certain aesthetic is assumed when it is mentioned that someone suffers from drug use. Street drugs (also called club drugs) consist of well-known substances such as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana along with many others. This is usually the first thought when drug abuse is spoken of. However, there are also prescription drugs (such as Ritalin, Valium, and Xanax, etc.) that can only be administered by a doctor. 

Though it may seem otherwise, prescription drugs are actually more frequently abused than any other kind in the United States. There are three classes of prescription drugs that are the most commonly misemployed:

  • Stimulants – to treat ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and a sleep disorder called narcolepsy 
  • Opioids – for the alleviation of pain
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants – to treat sleep disorders as well as and

What would point one to the life of self-harm by way of the ingestion and sometimes injection, of these harmful chemical substances? What could possibly be the appeal? Despite there being many, there are two paramount factors that can lead to the use and misuse of drugs. They are: 

  • Genetics – Inherited traits may either be a catalyst for the addiction or slow it down
  • Environment – Family of origin’s attitudes and beliefs, as well as the influence of peers,  can be a big contributor in first-time drug use 

Other facets that potentially play a part in the abuse of drugs are also peer pressure, family abandonment or lack of involvement, mental health issues, and a family history laden with substance abuse. 

The struggles of addiction and the long journey to a healthy life are taken seriously and are understood here at Asana Recovery. Our work on a day to day basis provides us with the insight into these challenges, and we believe that rather than fighting them alone, it is best to pursue them with a solid support group behind you. Rehabilitation centers and services are helpful in assisting you to travel along the bumpy ride to recovery. Therapy and medical care also help to reveal the initial and most prominent causes of your addiction, as well as initiate better stress management for the future. 


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