Causes of Accidental Drug Addiction

Causes of Accidental Drug AddictionNo one sets out to become addicted, endanger their life and upset the lives of their loved ones. An accidental addiction to prescription medication is very common. Recreational use of illicit substances may also cause an accidental addiction. Treatments are available for Canada residents no matter how a substance abuse issue began.

How Addiction Works Physically

Tolerance is the beginning of any addiction as it will cause Canadian users to take increasingly larger doses. At this point, users believe that the substance is no longer working as it did originally, so they must take more. Eventually, tolerance leads to dependence as the body becomes reliant on the drug. Continued drug use is needed to avoid withdrawal symptoms. The reward pathway in the brain produces pleasurable feelings when drugs are used, but causes Canada users to experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when quitting drug abuse. The combination of craving the drug and dreading the withdrawal symptoms keeps people abusing the substance. At this point, physical addiction has developed.

Psychological addiction is a much deeper need for the abused substance. Mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, often accompany psychological addiction. Substance abuse for suffering from a mental health issue may continue as a form of self-medication. Being mentally and emotionally dependent on a substance is partially caused by a chemical imbalance from the foreign chemicals of a drug.

The Warning Signs of Addiction

You can avoid addiction by knowing the warning signs before taking any medications. Canada residents should closely monitor their prescription use. Never take someone else’s prescription and only take the dosage prescribed to you by your doctor. These problems may indicate addiction:

  • Tolerance
  • Dependence
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Isolation, secrecy
  • Doctor shopping
  • Neglecting responsibilities, hobbies and activities
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial or legal trouble
  • Changes in weight or appearance

If you have any of these issues, seek help immediately.

Nonphysical Causes of Accidental Drug Addiction

Nonprescription substances are also addictive. If you use an illicit substance, you may not intend to but addiction may easily develop. Treating pain is a common force behind addiction. Abusing prescription medications and the use of illicit substances can temporarily relieve pain, but will leave users craving more. To prevent withdrawal symptoms and rebound pain, users continue their substance abuse.

A family history of addiction may make you more vulnerable to the addictive potential of many substances. The method of administration may increase a substance’s addictive potential. Crushing, smoking or injecting substances may work faster, but will cause tolerance and dependence faster as well.

Stress from life’s everyday worries may drive a Canadian into substance abuse unconsciously in an attempt to cope with the emotional and mental strain. Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or PTSD, can attribute to a Canadian’s improper use of prescription or illicit substances. People suffering from mental health issues often use drugs to self-medicate serious issues that need proper medical attention.

Canada Addiction Help

If you live in Canada and need help with addiction, call our toll-free helpline now and let us connect you with help. We’re available 24 hours a day, so call us whenever you’re ready to seek help for a substance abuse issue. When you call, ask about how your insurance may cover the costs of rehab.