Anyone can develop a substance addiction, regardless of age, sex, race, or socioeconomic status. Nevertheless, there are a variety of factors that may increase one’s vulnerability to addiction. These factors may include:
Family History: While experts have not yet reached a consensus over the role genetics play in the development of addiction, people with a family history of substance addiction are more likely to develop a substance addiction than the general population.
Type of Substance: Some substances are naturally more addictive than others and use of those substances makes the development of an addiction more likely.
Method of Use: Smoking or injection of a substance may increase the likelihood of developing an addiction compared to other ingestion methods.
Mental Health: People who suffer from anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other mental health issues have a higher likelihood of developing a substance addiction than the general population.
Childhood Neglect or Abuse: Individuals who were abused and neglected in their childhood are more likely to develop a substance addiction than individuals who group up in loving and supportive households.
Early Substances Use: Using substances at a young age, while the brain is still developing, can increase the risk of becoming addicted.
Knowing these factors in advance can help individuals avoid engaging in activities that may pose a heightened risk for them. In addition, this framework can help people evaluate whether their use of a substance has crossed the line from recreational to addiction.
If you are concerned that the use of substances by you or someone you love has become an addiction, the Asana Recovery Center may be able to help. Call us at 949-438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment program today.