How Negative Attention Can Influence Drug Use

How Negative Attention Can Influence Drug UseSubstance abuse issues and addiction are usually rooted in early life experiences. Drug abuse is typically an effort to self-medicate emotional pain, which often has its roots in negative, traumatic or invalidating experiences far in the past.

Although it seems counter-intuitive, negative attention about drug use itself may also contribute to an addict’s choice in continuing to use. Family and friends who continually provide negative feedback about an Ohio resident’s drug use can, despite concern and the best of intentions, cause the person to withdraw and become increasingly isolated. This isolation often results in increased drug use and a worsening of the addiction.

Invalidating Home Environments in Ohio May Contribute to Addiction

Research into drug abuse and addiction consistently shows a correlation between negative experiences in childhood and adolescence and the development of substance abuse issues or addiction later in life. While there is disagreement over how much substance abuse and addiction are attributable to genetic factors versus environment, there is consensus that environmental factors often play a more significant role in the development of these issues. It should be noted that not all cases of addiction are attributable to early negative experiences, and not all individuals who experience negative attention early in life develop drug abuse issues. However, negative experiences in the developmental years such as excessive criticism, neglect and physical or sexual abuse are often at the core of psychological or emotional issues, or conditions that may manifest themselves in drug abuse or addiction. Even Ohio homes that are not necessarily abusive, but nonetheless do not provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment may cause psychological conditions such as anxiety or depression. Drug abuse and addiction are common symptoms of these conditions.

Chronic familial instability and financial hardship during childhood can also lead to drug use later in life. The following are the types of familial instabilities and hardships that may lead offspring to develop substance abuse issues later in life:

  • Families who are repeatedly uprooted and relocate due to financial instability
  • Families with parents who are often out of work or change jobs frequently
  • Families with relational instability such as a constantly changing roster of stepparents or live-in partners
  • Families with a proclivity for arguing, fighting or domestic violence
  • Families with parents who are drug addicts or alcoholics

Other Types of Negative Attention that May Contribute to Addiction in a Loved One from Ohio

Negative attention outside the home can also contribute to psychological or emotional conditions in Ohio residents that may lead to drug use later in life. Forms of negative attention outside the home include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Doing poorly in school
  • Being bullied at school
  • Associating with drug users
  • Engaging in criminal activities
  • Being incarcerated

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