5 Risk Factors for Developing Addiction
What Makes Some People Develop Addiction When Others Don’t?
One of the confounding things about drug abuse always revolves around why a person may develop a substance abuse issue in the first place. Drug addicts often find it difficult if not impossible to explain the reasons why they turned to alcohol or drug to a person that has never experienced this type of condition. In the mind of a sober individual, they simply don’t understand why alcohol or drug addicts can’t simply stop consuming their drug or drink of choice. The problem with this type of thinking is that it doesn’t take into consideration the fact that substance abuse and alcohol addiction is not a choice, it’s a disease. There have been countless studies done through the National Institute on Drug Abuse performed regarding the origins of addiction for people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. In those years, there have been several factors that have been identified when it comes to a person being more at risk for drug abuse.
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There is a direct connection between genetics and the development of a drug or alcohol addiction. In fact, approximately 40% to 60% of a person’s risk of developing a substance abuse issue is the result of genetics. Therefore, if you have a history of addiction in the family, then you are more at risk of developing an addiction yourself. Also, it’s possible for your genes to predispose you to one type of substance over the other. For instance, if your family has a history of alcohol abuse, then the odds of you falling into a pattern of alcohol abuse are higher than that of falling into drug abuse. If you are struggling with an addiction, an important piece of information that you will want to share with your treatment team will revolve around whether or not anyone else in your family has struggled with addiction.
2. Untreated Mental Health Conditions
Many people are surprised to learn that untreated mental health conditions can have a direct impact on the possibility that they could develop a drug and alcohol addiction. The reality is that mood disorders can undoubtedly influence your risk of drug abuse or put you more at risk of becoming addicted to alcohol. The reason for this is that when you’re suffering from one of the numerous mental health conditions, your mind and your body will look for any way to help ease what you’re thinking and feeling. For instance, if you are prone to panic attacks, you may mistakenly think that this is a condition that can be calmed by alcohol or drug use. Although it’s possible for some prescription medications to help this type of condition, the reality is that there is still a harsh stigma that is associated with mental health disorders. Therefore, more people try to hide their mental health disorders by trying to self-medicate. In turn, they develop alcohol use disorders or turn to drug use and addiction as a way to cope.
Understanding the intricate relationship between mental health disorders and substance abuse is paramount for anyone on the journey to recovery. Individuals with untreated mental health issues might inadvertently use drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism, not realizing that an underlying mental health condition might be the catalyst for their substance use. This cycle can be debilitating, leading to a more entrenched addiction and further exacerbating mental health challenges.
Resurgence, with its specialized approach, recognizes the profound interconnectedness of these issues and offers a dual diagnosis treatment program to address both concurrently. By integrating treatment for substance use disorders like drug and alcohol addiction with therapeutic interventions for mental health disorders, Resurgence provides a holistic healing environment. Whether these mental health conditions are diagnosed or still unidentified at the start of the program, our team is adept at crafting individualized treatment plans to cater to every patient’s unique needs.
Moreover, for individuals seeking a secure and medically monitored environment to begin their path to sobriety, our alcohol detox Costa Mesa ensures a compassionate and effective detoxification process. As you embark on this transformative journey with Resurgence, you’ll be equipped with the tools, knowledge, and support to not only overcome addiction but also to understand and manage underlying mental health challenges. Committing to treatment with us is a step towards a comprehensive and enduring recovery.
3. A History of Trauma
Did you know that a history of trauma can have a direct impact on not only children and adolescents but adults as well? It’s possible for a person to experience trauma at any point in their life. That trauma is also something that could easily trigger your addiction. However, when you have a long-standing history of trauma, you are much more susceptible to giving in to the temptation of addiction. During the time that you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s possible that you may feel as though you don’t have to think about the experiences that you have been through. However, when you don’t face those experiences and you attempt to bury them, you put yourself at risk of turning to substances that could ultimately harm you more.
4. Chronic Stress
Stress is something that can be difficult for any person to manage. It’s also something that can come in many different forms. Whether you’re feeling stressed from work or a certain situation that is going on in your life, chronic stress can make you look for ways to feel unstressed. One of the easiest things for a person to do is to turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to do this.
5. Identifying as LGBTQ
Coming out as being part of the LGBTQ community is something that can cause stress and anxiety for any person, particularly if that person is in a family or has close friends who are less than accepting of their sexual orientation. As a way to try to hide who they really are, that person may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope. However, once that person works through a treatment program and receives the help and support that they need, they will come to find that they can be who they really want to be in life without feeling as though they have to hide something that is a part of them.
Treating the Underlying Causes of Addiction
The only way for you to truly overcome your drug and alcohol addiction is through partnering with an addiction treatment facility that will provide you with the support and care that you need during this period of time. For instance, if you decide to partner with the addiction treatment experts at Resurgence Behavioral Health, you can take comfort in the fact that we stay up to date with all of the medical news that is related to the world of addiction. Regarding whether you have struggled with drug abuse or you’re addicted to alcohol, our treatment team will always go the extra mile to ensure that you have the resources that you need to tackle your substance abuse issues once and for all.
The main way that you will focus on treating the underlying causes of your addiction is through participating in certain forms of therapy throughout the course of your recovery journey. In order for you to truly conquer your addiction, it’s important that you openly and honestly participate in the following forms of addiction therapies:
During individual therapy, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an addiction treatment specialist in addressing certain aspects of your addiction and recovery. It’s possible that there may be certain things that you simply don’t feel comfortable talking about in a group setting. During individual therapy, you will also have the chance to review your recovery plan with your team to ensure that you are still making the most out of your time in recovery and you’re on the right path.
Group therapy provides you with a unique opportunity to connect with other people that are working through their own addiction treatment program. During the time that you were in active addiction, you may feel alone. However, group therapy will demonstrate that you are not alone and you don’t have to feel as though you’re alone anymore. By sharing in group therapy, you will be able to make relationships with others that have had similar experiences as you. In turn, you will be able to provide your support to these people as they work through their recovery.
There are several other forms of therapy that you may experience during the course of your recovery journey. Behavioral therapy, family therapy, and trauma therapy are all examples.
Do you have concerns that you could be at risk for drug abuse? Are you worried about a friend or a loved one becoming addicted to a substance? Perhaps you, yourself are addicted to drugs. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we provide every client with the opportunity to work through their substance abuse issue. We have worked with clients from all over the country who have struggled with problematic substance abuse. Whether you became addicted to drugs at a young age or this is something that developed later on in life, problematic substance abuse is something that can completely change the course of your life. For more information about what you can do to take back control of your life, we encourage you to get in touch with us today at (855) 458-0050.
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