Causes of Drug and Substance Abuse

The following are some of the common causes of drug and substance abuse

  • Pressure to perform well in examination
  • Work / academic overload
  • Family problems like rejection and a shaky family background
  • Poverty
  • Peer pressure
  • Curiosity
  • To escape from problem at home or workplace
  • Boredom
  • Poor parenting in terms of modeling as well as laxity among the parents hence loosing influence over their children’s lives.
  • Media influence
  • Social economic conditions and background, for example coming from “miraa” growing area
  • Failure to develop prosocial values in early life
  • Religious and cultural influences e.g. Rastafarianism.
  • Desire to have a another sense of holiness
  • Learners with excess pocket money may be tempted to abuse drugs



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