Snorting/smoking becomes too expensive so you “try just once” to use a needle and fall in love with not only the high but now also the rush from IV. It only gets worse from there… Do you really want to risk dangerous drug deals, diseases, financial ruin, loss of family/friends who you’ve hurt with your actions, withdrawal meaning when you’re out of it you feel monstrously sick and panicky and depressed and can’t sleep or sit still and have uncontrollable diarrhea on the bus, rehab, doing horrible things for drug money, arrest, jail, possibly needing to take a maintenance drug like Suboxone or methadone for years or forever, and overdosing?
Great question! There are several. Media loves to drum up the early childhood trauma (abuse, molestation, neglect, etc.) reasons,and while they certainly contribute—almost every addict I know, including myself, has experienced some childhood trauma.
It’s bad luck because these kind of situations are usually learned at a point in life where people are ill-equipped to solve the real problem. Unable to solve the real problem, they just solve their feelings. They do whatever it takes to make themselves feel better. Usually this happens when people are young and have much less problem solving capability than they would have if they faced the problem for the first time when they have learned a lot more about solving problems. If you learn you can “solve” the feeling and that seems to make you feel better, you can be quite unaware you are not solving the problem.