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Unfortunately, There Are Many Misconceptions About The Causes Of Substance Abuse

Sometimes, these misconceptions hold people back from seeking out the help they need to recover. It’s important to understand that being addicted to opioids, heroin, or other substance abuse doesn’t mean that the addicted person is “bad,”, “weak,” or “immoral.” Addiction is a powerful disease that can strike any person from any type of background, regardless of their age, ethnicity, or any other factor.

Heroin and opioids, a class of painkilling drugs that includes oxycodone, fentanyl, and codeine, are among the most addictive of all controlled substances. Both interact with brain systems that are responsible for regulating pleasure and mood, which induces intense euphoria and relaxation. Eventually, the person needs to use heroin or opioids to feel any sense of pleasure, because of the way the brain chemistry has been altered. This fuels the addiction and makes it harder to stop using, even when the person knows they are suffering and wants to quit.

Depending on the genetics, some people become addicted after one use or a few uses, while for others, the process takes more times. But no matter how quickly or how gradually an addiction develops, it is crucial to understand how and why the person became addicted. Once a patient understands what drives them to use opioids or heroin, they have a better likelihood of finding healthy solutions to the issue fueling the substance abuse. Understanding is also key for friends and family to offer appropriate, nonjudgmental support.

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Some common causes of drug addiction can include:

Emotional Trauma

Traumatic events can cause intense emotional pain, which the person may try to alleviate by using heroin or opioids. Surviving an accident, surviving rape or sexual abuse, serving in a military combat zone, or witnessing a violent death are some common examples.


Factors like peer pressure at school, or working in a high-stress environment, can increase the likelihood of trying – and becoming addicted to – heroin or other drugs.


Certain people may be genetically predisposed to an addiction due to hereditary factors from their parents.


Many people start using opioid painkillers that were prescribed by their doctor for an injury or illness, without intending to become addicted.

Mental Illness

People with undiagnosed mental illnesses or mood disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, or schizophrenia, may attempt to self-medicate emotional pain by using opioids or heroin.

Get Help Fighting Opioid Addiction Today

If you’ve been worried about a loved one, or if you’re concerned about the way you use your pain medication, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible for help. To take the first step, contact us online or call (888) 782-6966 right away.

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