Risk Factors for Addiction

September 18, 2021
Solace Asia

When it comes to the likelihood of a person experimenting with drugs or alcohol developing an addiction, the playing field is not equal. There are a number of factors that affect addiction, most of which the individual has little to no control over. Here are a few of those risk factors. 

Genetics

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that up to half of your risk to develop an addiction are based on genetics. Our brains and metabolism process substances in different ways and much on-going research is being conducted to determine some of these links between biology and addiction. 

Concurrent Mental Health Disorder

Mental health disorders and addictions often go hand in hand. An underlying mental health disorder, such as depression, may increase the risk of addiction. Substance abuse may even be used to cope with a mental health disorder.  Similarly, an addiction may exacerbate a mental health disorder. 

Environment

Since most addictions develop during adolescence, family life and surroundings play a big role. A lack of parent involvement and peer pressure to try with drugs and/or alcohol can lead teens to begin experimenting with substances that may lead to addiction, especially because of the early age of exposure. Neglect and problems at home may also lead to coping via substance use. 

Past Experiences

Exposure to trauma, especially at an earlier age, can lead to a higher likelihood of an individual developing an addiction in adolescence or adulthood. It is vitally important that trauma be addressed adequately, usually with professional therapy, to help reduce this risk. 

If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction, seek out professional help by contacting Solace Asia at 012.885.4686 today. 

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