What causes a person to use drugs if it

What causes a person to use drugs if it “really” is not beneficial for them?
I was determined to go behind the scenes with my clients and come to understand what specific social/emotional need(s) were being met by consuming drugs day after day and year after year. Otherwise, why would a person choose this type of behavior? I had a difficult time believing that these individuals had some disease of the mind, that they would never recover fully, and that to avoid relapse they would need to attend support meetings—literally for the rest of their lives. A lifetime of meetings couldn’t be the only workable solution, could it?
The first question I ask every client is, “What was your drug of choice?” After their initial response, I pose my next question, “Why do you think you started to use drugs?” Common responses include “because I wanted to,” “because I felt like it,” “because if feels good.” But the response most interesting of all to me and also the most popular is: “I don’t know, no one has ever asked me that question before.”
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