What is Drug Addiction and Abuse? – Causes, Warnings and Limits

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is one of the biggest problems of us. You just started taking Drugs without knowing the limits. Do you really know, what is drug addiction and how we abuse drugs?

You start taking drugs, alcohol, and other stuff just for fun, some of you are not aware of the positive or negative effects of it, whether you should take it or not. In this article, I am going to tell you what is drug abuse and why we get addicted to drugs?

Note: Smoking, drinking, and uses of other drugs are harmful to you and I don’t support it but I just want to make you aware about the usage of drugs.

What is Drug Addiction?

You must have heard, this or that guy is addicted to alcohol, smoking tobacco, other herbs or chemicals. This is the drug addiction in general term.

So what is it?

If you are ingesting a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) in out of control manner, it is drug addiction. In starting, you may feel pleasure but continuous use of drugs makes you compulsive to take it and that creates interference with ordinary responsibilities such as work, family, and health.

What happens when we take drugs?

You can say drugs change or disturb the functionality of brain like send, receive or process information because drugs are chemicals and it makes over stimulating reward circuit of the brain.

Approximately all the drugs affect the reward system of the brain by flooding the circuit with dopamine, which is responsible for all the emotions, movements, feelings and pleasure.

What are the causes of Drug addiction?

There is not a single defined cause of addiction to drugs. Many causes may be there for drug addiction such as psychological causes, environmental causes, and genetic causes.

In maximum cases, a person starts taking drugs for fun and destroys their whole life for a moment of enjoyment.

Psychological problems such as mental illness (Depression), Loneliness (Inability to being social), Poor results at school or office, Poor stress handling capacity are the main reason for continued use of drugs.

If you are living in an environment where drug abuse lives then you will be drug abuse most probably. If you are spending time with drug addict friends or family members that also can make you a drug addict.

How we abuse Drugs or other herbs?

It starts with your first time tasting for fun, you can feel good, very good, bad or worst experiences for the first time. After first experience you decide to quit or continue, you think about your experiences and plan what is good or bad parts of taking it.

You read about drugs on the internet, discuss with friends and family. Till now nothing is wrong but some of you got correct knowledge about drug uses like frequency, amount of taking and types of drug you taking and other hands some of you got wrong information about it.

So you make your own perceptions about drugs, its uses, and effects on life. This correct or incorrect perception or knowledge makes you a drug addict or a normal user. Uses of drugs in an uncontrolled way is called drug abuse.

The correct amount of taking it if you are taking it?

I am not saying you should use the drugs but if you are using it or going to use it just keep 3 things in mind, correct amount, the frequency of uses and types of drug you are taking. Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/alcohol/art-20044551

Talk about Alcohol:
If you drink correct amount in a controlled way then it will be safe to use. It is safe to drink 300-400ml beer, 120-150 ml wine and 40-45ml distilled liquors daily but don’t take more than that if you don’t want to be an addict.

Uses of smoking and tobacco:
Smoking and chewing tobacco are harmful to health and there is no such fixed amount for using it. So try to avoid it, if you are not able to avid then just use 1-2 times a day not more than that.

Weeds and chemicals:
These are very harmful to you and not so common for uses. Uses of marijuana kill your brain cells and that is not good for you. Don’t start using them but if you are already using it then take it in the right amount. You can use 125-250mg purified hemp directly or lesser amount of marijuana for smoking daily but ask your doctor before daily use.

Here are 6 main factors you should know to attain good health.

Other chemicals like LSD, white powder and heroine are very harmful to your mind and body. Please never try at all. Say big no to them.

Warnings for users (Normal or Heavy users):

If you are taking it with the correct amount then it will not show you visible side effects instantly but it has long-term side effects if you use it at daily basis.

If you are using it heavily, then it is very harmful to you. You will feel memory lose, quick aging, less confidence, less productivity, less social, stress and family problems.

So don’t use it heavily, I suggest using it in the controlled and limited way for health, fun, and finding peace.


Life is not for destroying it by using excessive drugs. Enjoy it with family, friends and your life goals.

From a long time, humans are using drugs for pleasure and adding fun in free moments. You can get it with a controlled and correct way of using drugs but some of us are not using them for the correct purpose.

You should know the limits, amount, and frequency for using it but keep that in mind you should very clear why you are using it, for fun or just for intoxication.

You will get satisfaction and fun only if you are using it correctly, if you will exceed the limit then you will get addicted and side effects.

If you want to add something about What is drug addiction or want to ask anything on drug abuse then please drop a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Author: Ashu Pareek

Ashu Pareek is Blogger, Yoga Trainer and founder of Yoga Holism. He loves to help people to improve their daily life and fitness. He teaches how to get peace and happiness in life.

14 Replies to “What is Drug Addiction and Abuse? – Causes, Warnings and Limits”

    1. Hello Mukesh,
      It is million dollar question and every parent wants to know how to prevent their child from abusing drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
      I am sharing some common tips to prevent your child:
      1. Get involved in your children’s lives, establish and maintain good communication with your children.
      2. Talk to your children about drugs and make clear rules and enforce them consistently.
      3. Help your children choose friends wisely as the environment is one of the main reasons behind it.


  1. I am glad that I found this drug abuse blog, exactly the right information on what is drug addiction that I was searching for! Thanks.

  2. very interesting information about drug abuse. I found that this blog tell you the crystal clear view about drugs, their usages and causes of drug addiction.

    Really found it unique and helpful, thanks for sharing.

  3. The answer to the user who want to stop using any drug is:
    1.You 2.control intake 3.go away from your comfort zones.

    To you who think you smoke it responsibly;your laying to your self ,better work on quitting now!I was a heavy user but I learned to stop when I came to over sea,here it’s almost everywhere but it’s not my comfort zone and I told my self I wanna quit so! After 18 years non stop I’m free now😜😊.

    To the parents fearing children would use drugs I’ll say ,Nor talking to them about the dangers of using the drugs will help them not to attempt Or stop if they wanted to intulge Or by telling them to choose their friends wise because how will you as a parent define someone’s mind,your child is someone when he becomes a teenager so.

    I’ll maybe say try to be his/her best friend ,try to be their closest friend so that they do not end up with wrong friends and it’s only 3-4years than they can control it well.

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