Many people ask the question: how does addiction start? In this video, Dr. Kevin Wandler shares the behaviors and the cognitive responses that cause individuals to use drugs and alcohol more frequently, which in turn leads to dependence and possibly addiction.
The Beginning of Addiction
Addiction is very individualized. I believe some people are really susceptible to the use of chemicals. Generally, individuals start using drugs or alcohol at a very young age with experimentation. For most people, the response is just “ok, I did it” and they go on. But others get a “WOW!” response and they become more interested in using more and more drugs.
So over time the drugs they use or misuse become a regular routine and over time a person can build up something called tolerance. Tolerance means that you need more and more of the drug to get the same while feeling and with that over time builds up really physical addiction to the chemical.