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Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug Use

Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug UseOne of the most common causes of drug addiction is the powerful need to find and to fit into a group. Human beings are social animals with a deep need for friendship and support. If they can’t find it in healthy, caring and positive ways, they will settle for abusive, negative or destructive communities. Teenagers, who are already prone to feelings of insecurity, self-doubt and social awkwardness, are especially vulnerable to being pressured into experimenting with drugs in order to fit into a peer group. Once they have succumbed to that temptation and used drugs, they will face several potential risks to their long-term health and their futures in San Diego.

Drug Use as Self-Medication

A San Diego resident who uses drugs will often feel an immediate relief of underlying or co-occurring psychological issues such as the following:

  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-esteem deficiencies
  • Loneliness
  • Attention deficit disorder

The short-term relief that recreational drugs provide is more than offset by the long-term destruction they wreak on the user’s mental and physical health.

Drug Addiction Treatment Options

Once an addiction is established, the only way to conquer it is through a combination of education, counseling and skill development. The most effective addiction recovery programs aid in recovery by first diagnosing any and all underlying disorders and then developing specialized treatment plans that are unique to each patient. Treatment is available in both outpatient and inpatient formats. A recovery counselor can help you choose the best type of treatment for your unique situation, but most plants will involve personal counseling, support group meetings, coping skill building and education.

Find a Better Future Today

Peer pressure and the desire for acceptance are powerful forces. If you have made choices that you fear are causing you pain and suffering or may have led to drug abuse or addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. We are here 24 hours a day to provide confidential advice and information. It is not too late for you to find healthy, productive relationships that don’t rely on the cheap, fake bonds of substance abuse. Reclaim your mind and rebuild your life in San Diego. Call today.