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Where to start, this question brings in so many different areas one could discuss. The pharmacological, physical, mental and emotional aspects of drug use, this includes cigarettes and alcohol, is an extensive topic. One can come at it from the scientific research or personal use.
No one sets out to be an addict. Science holds many theories as to how one becomes an addict, the mechanism that is triggered. Research shows the two most addictive substances are nicotine and opiate drugs. Primarily based upon the biological functions, our bodies have receptors for both in the brain.
The use of any drug or alcohol triggers a pleasure response in the brain, this can be a momentary enjoyment or lead to the desire to repeat this experience. For some it can become preferable to the trauma memories, grief, a way of medicating for depression or anxiety, any number of reasons come to mind.
The research presented at NCBI offers an in-depth scientific look at the changes in brain chemistry from using tobacco and opioids. EurekaAlert offers some insight into how tobacco and opiates elicit the same pleasure response.
Other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines tell the body it is not hungry, can go for long periods of time without rest and in some cases not thirsty. The damage caused can be permanent.
If you have never experienced a euphoric moment, one that you just felt so good, you may not understand the pursuit for this moment again. Sadly, addiction is the extreme end of this pursuit, where the body has adapted and the mind is determined to never experience the withdrawals that accompany no longer using.
Many drugs do not cause a physical addiction, but the mental one is there. The concept of not experiencing pain either physical or emotional.
I will suggest you look at a time in your life that you would have done nearly if not anything to obtain something you desired. When you were disappointed to a moment of despair. This is as close as I can get to helping you grasp an addicts desperation, though not nearly as close as some would get to meeting their desired goals.
I hope this helps. Blessings on your journey to understanding. Let me know if you would like further discussion. And as always this is my interpretation and understanding.
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