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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Why would anyone abuse drugs?

Why do people take drugs in the first place? Images: courtesy of Vivian Felsen

Research has shown that people generally take drugs to either feel good (i.e., sensation seekers or anyone wanting to experiment with feeling high or different) or to feel better (i.e., self-medicators or individuals who take drugs in an attempt to cope with difficult problems or situations, including stress, trauma, and symptoms of mental disorders).

This page was last updated July 2008