Using drugs even just once can be a slippery slope. While many people try to merely experiment with using drugs, it can lead to the need for drug rehab centers in NJ. Keep reading to learn how.

The Journey from Recreational Drug Use to Addiction

Experimentation – Whether out of curiosity, peer pressure, or an attempt to deal with negative emotions, this refers to the first time drugs or alcohol are used.

Recreation – This is when drug or alcohol use becomes more frequent — usually on weekends and up to a few times a month. The recreation stage is usually characterized by drug use for thrill-seeking, fun, or bending to consistent peer pressure.

Regular use and abuse – At this point, the user is not truly addicted. However, drugs start to become detrimental to the user’s life. They may become uninterested in things that used to bring joy and focus to their life, and instead seek drugs as a way to have fun. This stage is dangerous, as instances like DUI/DWI become more likely.

Risky use or abuse – This stage is characterized by the continued use of drugs despite negative consequences. Relationships, finances, job performance, and other facets of life start to become affected by drug use.

Dependence – At this point, drugs have taken hold of the user’s life. Aspects of life, including work, home, and friendships are significantly strained. The dependence is demonstrated by the body’s physical need for an ongoing supply of drugs.

Addiction – A person suffering addiction will do whatever it takes to get drugs with little to no regard for possible consequences. Drug use is no longer about seeking a high. It is now simply avoiding withdrawal.

How can recreational drug use cause need for drug rehab centers in NJ?

Get Help for Addiction at Drug Rehab Centers in NJ

If you or someone you know needs help with stopping drug use, contact the Discovery Institute. With both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation options, we have treatment options that will help you start toward a healthier, more fulfilled life.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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