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The Correlation Between Highly Intelligent People and Drug Addiction

You don’t have to tell anyone who works in Orange County treatment centers that there is a correlation between highly intelligent people and drug addiction. They see it on a daily basis. The issue is that most people don’t understand why or how this is possible. They make the assumption that highly intelligent people are best equipped to make good decisions, but they don’t take into account any of the issues associated with higher intelligence. Some of those issues lead to an obvious link between intelligence and drug use.

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The Intelligent Mind

It has only been in recent years that educators have noticed that intelligent people often get bad grades or get into trouble. One of the biggest reasons that this happens is because they are bored, not challenged intellectually, and don’t always fit in socially. Children don’t understand the value of education, so they often focus on the social factors – factors that can lead them to make poor decisions in order to fit in – and decisions like choosing to use drugs.

While most people go to bed at night and maybe review the day in their minds, highly intelligent people struggle to keep thoughts at bay. They don’t just review things, but analyze them to the last detail. Their minds are never quiet. In many cases, the only way they have found to quiet their minds and even narrow thoughts to single digits is by taking some sort of drug.

Expanding the Mind

There are even those who seek to take their minds to the next level. They use drugs because they want to see where their minds can go in a different state. Intelligent minds are ever questioning, ever curious. They absorb information like a drug and will sometimes go to extremes to see which areas of their minds they can access.

Don’t forget that there is also a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and drug use, indicating that intelligent minds that don’t have access to some of the things people in a higher socioeconomic model might have may seek out their own resources. They often feel misunderstood and intolerant of small talk.

Orange County treatment centers are used to this phenomenon, so they try to help intelligent people seek out healthier resources, both socially and intellectually. To learn more about resources for intelligent people who want to stop using drugs, contact Yellowstone Recovery today.


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