The Root Cause of Addiction

addictionWhere does addiction come from? Being dependent on anything causes harm to the body, whether it be drugs, medicines, alcohol, smoking or anything which has bad characteristics concerning health. It ruins the body within no time. People get used to drugs unintentionally if not taken seriously in their lives. Addiction can affect anybody in any phase of life, whether it be in childhood, teenage years, middle age or old age, it has equally harmful effects.


What are the root causes of addiction?

One of the deadliest causes of addiction is the emotional trauma. It can happen due to a mishap, leaving the victim in pain and stress. It may have brought a significant loss to the victim’s life because of losing someone special, facing an accident, confronting a big failure or defying an emergency situation.

A research study in the 1970s suggested the emotional impact of addiction. In the study, rats were restricted to a skinner box containing a lever, which released morphine when pressed. The rats were given the choice to press the lever or simply stop, but they did not stop.

This suggested that such type of drug is destructively addictive. Later, many other scientists also did a lot of experiments and Alexander, one of them, drove the conclusion that a person doesn’t get addicted to the drug itself, but because of solitary imprisonment of any living being. When rats of both the sexes were placed together in the skinner boxes where running wheels and other toys were also installed for them, they hardly had morphine. So, the rats in skinner boxes died earlier were because of isolation and not due to usage of morphine.  

Underlying causes of addiction

Stress, accident, anxiety, ignorance, failure, loss, jealousy, suspicion, distrust, misfortune, calamity, emotional trauma and pressure have proved to be the underlying causes of addiction. Ignorance is one of the biggest causes of addiction, since a person who reaches the highest point in his life, and has to face ignorance or dejection, shatters down and find nothing in this world except for rejection. He then finds a safe exit by using drugs and getting addicted to it.

We can draw a conclusion here that addiction to drugs is that an isolated environment makes a person adopt these awful habits. The aspects influenced by addiction have ruined the social normalcy of so many people all around the world, which should be controlled and taken care of. Social inclusion has been eliminated from the world of addiction.


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