So here is my list regarding the reasons why people use drugs and alcohol. People suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression or other mental illnesses use drugs and alcohol to ease their suffering.

This list has been compiled from 13 years of personal experience watching my close family member struggle with the darkest moments of addiction.

Many times I asked and prodded to get answers from my sister who was addicted to drugs.

Drugs or alcohol can temporarily make that person feel ‘normal’ again, like they remember feeling in the past.

Mental illness is scary for the individual experiencing it, so they are afraid to go to a doctor or family member for help and instead turn to drugs or alcohol to try and solve the problem on their own. People see family members, friends, role models or entertainers using drugs and rationalize that they can too.

By: Nate Blair (Jennifer’s brother) This article can be found on – 9 Reasons Why People Use Drugs and Alcohol.

As scary as the truth might be, there’s just no getting around the fact that drug abuse is prevalent in our communities, especially among our youth.But with drug use getting more and more prevalent in America, it’s now common for people to dig deeper and look for the reasons why people use drugs and alcohol.This is not meant to be a complete list, nor is is meant to be medical advise, but I feel this article can shed some light for addicts or family members of addicts dealing with this burning question…These people could benefit from working with psychologists to help repair their damaged mind. Peer pressure can be a tremendous force causing someone to try things they would normally not try on their own. The highs from drugs are so much more extreme than regular everyday joys because most drugs overload the pleasure sensors in your brain.Once a person feels this extreme pleasure, it’s common for that person to become hooked on a drug simply chasing the initial high they once felt.Individuals with a family history of drug or alcohol abuse are far more likely to develop an addiction than an individual with no family background of addiction. People in this age bracket generally don’t have bills, jobs and all the stresses that go along with adulthood.