Someone is dependent (‘hooked’) on a drug when they cannot function normally without using the substance. For instance, when a person continues to use a drug despite the substance causing them problems. Ongoing use may result in tolerance to the substance and withdrawal symptoms experienced when the substance is reduced or stopped.
There are 2 parts to having a dependency:
This is when your mind takes over and you just feel that you need to have the drug in order to feel ok; if you don’t have it, you feel dissatisfied.
You need the drug because of how it makes you feel on the emotional side. We all have thoughts going on in our minds, sometimes those thoughts are saying harsh and difficult things about us. Drugs and alcohol can silence or soften our difficult thoughts, making it feel like we are free from them. However, when the effect of the drug is gone those thoughts come back with a vengeance, criticising us for taking the drugs in the first place! This makes it feel worse, and we can get into a spiral of needing more of the drug to take those thoughts away. Only counselling can really address those difficult thoughts in a real and long-term way. Drugs can’t. Psychological dependence is all about needing a substance to get us through. It’s one of the first things we think of when we feel down emotionally. No drug takes away a bad feeling for long! It always comes back! Counselling can help.
No matter what kind of drug a person is using, no one begins taking drugs thinking he or she will become dependent on it. The fact is, some people can try drugs and not become addicted. They can experiment with drugs and then stop, but many others cannot.
It might be strange to think that by taking drugs you are hurting anyone else but you. But, if you become hooked then stealing, lying and losing friends are an all too familiar part of having a drug problem.
You can hurt other people just by buying drugs. The illegal drugs industry is a very dangerous one and people lose their lives being involved in supplying drugs. People wanting drugs also creates a need for people to work in the drug trafficking industry (where drugs are transported from abroad into Europe) which is a very dangerous industry. If people get caught doing this they will go to prison for a very long time and the danger involved means people die doing it.
Drug dealers (the people that sell drugs) can be very dangerous people and it is in their interest to get people dependent on drugs. Sometimes they might give away drugs for free, but nothing in life is free and you will always pay in the end! They might ask you to deliver drugs for them in return for free drugs. So what happens is you become dependent on the drug and at the same time, put your life in danger by delivering drugs – not very smart!