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Development of an Addiction Follows Common Factors

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What contributes to the development of an addiction? Naturally, this isn’t a question with a single answer, as those who suffer from addictions have a variety of differing circumstances. However, it’s possible, and even likely, that they all have a few things in common that may have contributed to the development of an issue with substance abuse.

What Leads to the Development of an Addiction?

The ‘nature versus nurture’ debate is one that is applicable across a variety of situations, and the question of how addictions develop is no exception. To “better understand how an addiction came about,” one should look into some of the circumstances that are often shown to contribute to future addictive habits.

Some of the listed characteristics are a perfect who has suffered neglect or abuse of some kind, particularly from a younger age. If the person has had a parent or guardian who is inattentive or indifferent, then that is also a contributing factor. Stress, of course, is often what pushes a person toward drugs or alcohol, though the specific stressor can range from money problems to relationship issues to some kind of mental illness or physical condition. These are just a few of the initial scenarios that might lead to the development of an addiction.

Those who have a kind of genetic predisposition are more in danger of falling into drug or alcohol abuse, too. In addition, people who are more likely to deny the truth of their situation even before addiction is involved, who tell themselves that everything is fine when it’s decidedly not, are also more at risk.

With a combination of one or more of these characteristics, the development of an addiction can begin in a few ‘places.’ “A confusing and tension filled household,” for example, or a school environment in which the person feels immense pressure to succeed. If the young person lacks the kind of support, guidance, and advice that might help to lead them toward healthier coping methods, then they’re that much more likely to choose addictive behaviors that they believe might make them feel better.

Another mindset that often shapes addictive behaviors is one in which the person believes that “everything is their fault,” and that there’s no way that they can reach recovery from this point. This kind of blame is very detrimental and can provide a serious roadblock in their trying to work through an addiction. Unfortunately, as we’ve discussed often, the stigma that is so prevalent in our society is also a toxic influence on the people who are desperately trying to leave addiction behind. So, part of the reason for the development of an addiction today is the critical eye of society at large.

It isn’t coincidence that so many of these factors appear throughout cases of people who are struggling with substance abuse. They are common contributions that can easily lead to addiction, particularly when a few or more of them are combined. We must be better about recognizing and addressing these circumstances to keep our children, friends, and peers from the hold of drugs and alcohol. Alongside that, we need to reduce the amount of stigma that circulates in our society, and also, find better methods of treatment for those who are already addicted.

If you or someone you care about needs help recovering from drug use or abuse, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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