3 - Chapter3 MotivationsforDrugUse ReasonsforDrugUse

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Chapter 3 Motivations for Drug Use
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Reasons for Drug Use Experimentation: Curiosity to try a drug Pleasure/Escape from Boredom: User enjoys the  effects of the drug or the use of the drug relieves  boredom. -Drugs that are used to increase pleasure or  reduce boredom are reinforcing
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Peer Influence: Young people in particular  use drugs to gain peer acceptance or  approval Spiritual Purposes: Use of drugs to seek out  or communicate with something or  someone greater than themselves. Self-Discovery: Use of drugs to fill a void in  one’s life
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Social Interaction: Use of drugs to facilitate  interactions with others. Rebelliousness: Use of drugs because they  are told not to.  One of the best predictors  of increased drug use among adolescents.
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Drug Dependency vs. Drug Addiction Drug dependency: Recurring desire for drugs  based on a psychic or a physical need Drug addiction: Continuing desire for drugs  based on a physical need.
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Both drug dependency and drug addiction  connote a compulsive need to use a drug  and an inability to cease even if serious  consequences ensue.
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Theories of Drug Addiction Personality Theories Reinforcement Theory Biological Theory Social Theories
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Personality Theory Specific traits that are related to drug dependence.   These traits can include: -Low self-esteem -Poor interpersonal skills -Need for immediate gratification
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3 - Chapter3 MotivationsforDrugUse ReasonsforDrugUse

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