THE RISK FACTORS OF ADDICTION
- July 21, 2018
It is a problem that anyone could face at some point during their life: addiction. People of all ages, races, genders, economic statuses, and any other group can develop an addiction if they are using drugs or alcohol. It is a disease that does not discriminate based on any group. However, specific risk factors can make a person more likely to develop an addiction.
If you have a genetic disposition to addiction, you could become more likely to become an addict. Genetics is one of the number one factors when it comes to determining the risk of developing an addiction. There are also specific brain characteristics that can increase the likelihood of an individual developing an addiction.
Several psychological factors can come into play in your risk of developing an addiction. If you are stressed, depressed, have an impulsive personality, or have some other psychological conditions, you may be more likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Exposure to trauma or starting to abuse substances at a young age can also lead to addiction.
Even if you have all of these risk factors, you are not guaranteed to develop a dependence on drugs or alcohol. They are merely indicators that have been observed in other people that form an addiction. If you have more of the risk factors, you are more at risk for developing an addiction.
To counter the risk factors, there are also protective factors that exist. These protective factors reduce the risk that an individual will develop an addiction to a substance. If a child displays aggressive behavior, a risk factor for substance abuse, parents can teach good self-control as a protective factor.
Nearly every risk factor has a protective factor to act as its foil. If drugs are readily available to students in a school, the school can counter with anti-drug policies. Improving the environment in which people live and discouraging the use of drugs can have a positive impact. The behaviors and factors that contribute to drug use need to be replaced with something more positive within the community.
For high-risk individuals who do develop an addiction, not all hope is gone. Some people can help you out of the grip of addiction. At Asana Recovery, we understand the reasons that people turn to drugs and alcohol. We work every day to help people move beyond the disease of addiction. With the support of your loved ones and Asana Recovery, we can help you through the most challenging journey of your life, kicking your addiction.
Do not wait another day to get help for your addiction. Asana Recovery provides you with supervised detoxification and a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We want you to succeed in your recovery, and we will do everything that we can to help you through this journey. We are available to speak to you any time of the day. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about your options when it comes to treating your addiction.