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The 4 Degrees of Drug Use


We all know someone who drinks every night and swears they can stop any time they want. Is it just an excuse, or is the person truly in control of their drug use? Not everyone who uses drugs or alcohol needs rehab; at the same time, not everyone who needs treatment recognizes the seriousness of their problem. How can you differentiate controlled, moderate use from out-of-control drug use?

Here are four degrees of drug use and what to do if you or someone you know falls into each:

#1 Experimentation

People experiment with drugs for all kinds of reasons. Some are curious about a particular drug’s effects, others are pressured by someone else. Most people who experiment with drugs or alcohol do not become addicted. Still, just one use can cause harm (especially if the individual makes poor decisions such as drinking and driving) and, in someone who is predisposed to addiction, can set in motion a pattern of drug abuse and dependency.

5 thoughts on “The 4 Degrees of Drug Use

  • April 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Nice post. I used Jellinek to really grasp what was going on.
    If any one else wants more on this or would like to hear the same thing you said but in a different way so they can grasp the stages a little better try this

    http://www.dlcas.com/MAAP/JELLINEK_PHASES.pdf

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  • May 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Lonely people or people without many friends (in the US as far s I know) can not go out and socialize (meet other men or women) with out going to a bar. They can not go to a bar and drink lemonade. The drinking part in many a peoples lives -is a must- in order to go out and have a good time. As the years go by it takes more beers (booze) per night to get to feel good (high) and have a good time. If you are serious of stopping people from drinking, close all the bars because… you can not keep your bread and eat it to!
    Constantinos J.W

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  • May 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Lonely people or people without many friends (in the US as far s I know) can not go out and socialize (meet other men or women) with out going to a bar. They can not go to a bar and drink lemonade. The drinking part in many a persons life -is a must- in order to go out and have a good time. As the years go by it takes more beers (booze) per night to get to feel good (high) and have a good time. If you are serious of stopping people from drinking close all the bars because… you can not keep your bread and eat it to!

    Constantinos J.W

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  • February 14, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Great article! There are a lot of casual/recreational drug users out there who have no problems caused by there drug use. It is unfortunate when people reach a level of addiction and that there often appears to be a stigma when they talk openly about their drug addiction. http://drugtestanddetox.com/ has strong info and good quit strategies – we would appreciate any input or feedback

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  • March 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    it all happened like a dream come true,even though i already lost hope in larry my son,who happened to be an addict to drugs.He’s been an addict for 10 years, which has caused him a lot of troubles,he gets to move with bad peers,steal from me and sometimes from other people to get drugs.he gets into fight and misbehave whenever he’s done taking them .he’s been arrested several times and rehabilitated twice .this got me worried and scared.Now he’s doing fine after some couple of days of contact with diviner chindu,who helped pray for him and got him free from addiction .i got to contact him after i saw a testimony of a woman on a blog who also faced similar issue with her husband. am so happy and greatful. i’d urge anyone who’s lost hope already on this blog not to,but to contact him via his email adress: [email protected]

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