What is Addiction?
- Craving or urge for the drug
- Social problems, such as loss of work or issues in personal relationships
- Inability to cut down on how often they use the drug
- Risky use of the drug
Genetics VS. Environment & Trauma
- Responsible for about 40-60% of addiction risk according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Mental illness (ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, autism, etc.) can be hereditary & lead to substance abuse.
- Men may be more likely to have a higher rate of dependence, but women are more likely to develop a craving for the drug.
- Childhood interactions (neighborhood, school peers) may lead to individuals being surrounded by the drug at an early age.
- Family and friends play a huge role — those who see loved ones using may be more likely to use
- Individuals who have gone through trauma might have a higher risk of developing substance abuse.
- Going through trauma may reduce one’s coping ability, which could later lead to using drugs.
The Base of Addiction
Long story short, hereditary factors do have a lot to do with addiction. But meanwhile, there are many other environmental and traumatic factors that may be just as instrumental in forming substance abuse disorders.
One’s life experiences, relationships, and biological factors alike may play equal parts in addiction. That’s why it’s extremely important to keep an open communication with yourself and others in all stages of your life. If you think you or a loved one may have a substance abuse disorder and would like to seek treatment to discover the causes, please call Silver Pines today at 267.719.8689.