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Are There Truly Gateway Drugs?

Many people believe there is nothing wrong with smoking cigarettes or having a few beers after a long day at work. Others feel smoking marijuana is harmless as it is entirely natural and has few if any, long-term effects. For some, taking a Vicodin with their glass of wine is not a concern as it merely magnifies the impact of the wine and leads to them drinking less overall. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to some of these less dramatic drugs.

There is also a prominent theory that remarks that these drugs often lead to the use and abuse of more serious illicit drugs. This theory defines these drugs as gateway drugs. In essence, a gateway drug is a drug that increases the user’s probability of using more dangerous, highly addictive drugs. Much research has been done, and there is most definitely a correlation between gateway drugs and hardcore drug use. Studies show that nearly all hardcore drug users began with marijuana use, smoking cigarettes or excessive drinking.

Smoking cigarettes may not mean you will eventually become a heroin addict, but it does say that you are at a higher risk of addiction. While many people refuse to believe this, research justifies the correlation. For those of us in recovery, this is important to consider. We don’t want to open ourselves up to additional temptation or difficulty through recovery. Protect your sobriety at every opportunity and be mindful of increasing risks of triggers or relapse. Gateway drugs are a real issue and must not be taken lightly. Alcohol is, according to recent studies, the most prominent gateway drug. Something that seems harmless to some can be incredibly dangerous to others.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are tired of taking a backseat to the demands of drugs and alcohol, take the next step and get help. Villa Tranquil can help you make sense of this challenging time and prepare you for the road ahead. The path to recovery isn’t easy, but it is worth it. You are worth it. Call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to speak with an addiction expert today and start the healing process. Villa Tranquil offers a resort-like setting where you can focus on you while surrounded by a group of like-minded, supportive individuals devoted to your recovery.