Addiction A-Z

Drug of choice

The phrase, “drug of choice,” is often used to refer to the drug that an addict has chosen as his or her latest or one that best helps the addict achieve a desired state. The term is also used to refer to the drug that first-time users, particularly adolescents and teens, gravitate toward. What usually happens is that the individual starts off using one type of drug, say, alcohol or marijuana, and may then experiment with various other drugs. Over time, the type and duration of a particular “high,” or euphoria, achieved with a new drug in the mix may lead the addict to prefer using that drug over any others. Addicts will often say that they’d much rather get high using one particular drug, perhaps a painkiller such as Vicodin or Oxycodone, to using anything else. Availability may dictate that they veer from their preferred drug of choice to using an alternate, but, in the end, the addict will always return to what he or she feels gets the job done the best and quickest. That is, until a new drug enters the mix that works even better.

 

 

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