People of any race, religion, social status, age, or gender can become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Addiction does not discriminate and some people are more prone to addiction than others are. There are risk factors involved that increase the likelihood of a person developing an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Genetics, medical history, and environment are some of the risk factors involved.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse wrote about the risk factors of addiction and stated, “The vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person, and no single factor determines whether a person will become addicted to drugs. In general, the more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that taking drugs will lead to abuse and addiction.”
Family history plays an important part in determining who develops an addiction. Genetics increase the chances of a person’s substance use turning into an addiction. The risk of addiction is very high if a blood relative has a drug and alcohol problem.
Environmental factors are also risks for substance abuse. A teen that lacks parental involvement or lives in an abusive home might turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their emotions. Adolescents face peer pressure all the time and are influenced to experiment with substances to feel accepted. Alcohol is available in most social settings and to college students or other young people.
Mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety influence a person’s risk of developing an addiction. People use substances to cope, but certain drugs and alcohol actually increase depression and anxiety. Alcohol is a depressant and significantly amplifies a person’s depression. Prescription pills are often prescribed after an illness, injury, or surgery to manage a person’s pain and recovery. The problem with painkillers is some people develop an addiction to them.
Some drugs are more addictive than others. Drugs that are injected go directly into the bloodstream and brain and the effects of the drug are felt immediately as opposed to one that is swallowed. Drugs that are smoked also go directly to the brain and the effects are felt instantly.
A person without any of the risk factors can also become addicted at any time. Addiction can be avoided when you know the risks.
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