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Science-Based Views of Drug Addiction and Its Treatment

Science-Based Views of Drug Addiction and Its Treatment

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    Understanding Why People
    Use Drugs:

    Understanding the patient’s motivation
    to use drugs is critical. Although
    individuals have many complex motives
    for drug use, at the broadest level,
    physicians will likely encounter 2 general
    categories of drug users. Each category
    of users needs to be approached
    and dealt with differently. One category
    is what might be called the “novelty”
    or “sensation seekers.” These individuals,
    often adolescents, use drugs
    simply for the pleasant feelings or the
    euphoria that drugs can produce, or to
    feel accepted by their peers. Many of
    these individuals develop problems
    with their drug use because the drugs
    psychoactive effects interfere with daily
    functions, such as school. Moreover, although
    individuals do differ in their vulnerability
    to becoming addicted, even
    occasional drug use can inadvertently
    lead to addiction.