Although anyone can make choices that lead to addiction, there are several reasons why some may be more prone to addiction than others. Below are some brief descriptions of various factors that have an impact on people and their likelihood of developing an addiction.

Firstly, genetics does play a major impact on susceptibility towards addiction. For example, the genes someone has may mean that an addiction is harder for them to quit once they start, or a person with certain genes may have more severe withdrawal symptoms than others. Conversely, certain genes may mean that a person is less likely to become addicted to something merely because they do not like the taste or symptoms associated. According to a study conducted by the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah, the A1 allele of the dopamine receptor gene DRD2 is more common in people who are addicted to alcohol or cocaine, and people lacking the serotonin receptor gene Hrtr1b are more attracted to cocaine and alcohol. While these are just a few examples, they provide some understanding for how genetics take place in addiction.

Secondly, environmental factors play a major part as well. HBO indicates that people who live in an environment where addiction is common are more likely to develop one because it is part of the “norm”. Additionally, conditions at home, school, and the neighborhood may impact someone. If they endure a highly stressful and dangerous environment at home, especially children, they are likely to lean towards addiction. Close friends or coworkers who abuse drugs are likely going to impact a person to abuse them as well.

Additionally, a person’s biological factors can impact their susceptibility towards addiction. If a person suffers from a mental illness or co-occurring disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder together, they may be at risk for addiction. Many symptoms of mental illnesses involve risky behavior and impulsiveness, which could lend addiction and drug abuse. Subsequently, people who do not know that they suffer from a mental illness and feel that they cannot properly cope with their symptoms may rely on addiction to help them cope.

Trauma is yet another factor for addiction, and a reason why many people wind up in the long road of addiction. People who have suffered from traumatic incidences such as child abuse, sexual abuse, physical assault, and many others may pick up an addiction to cope with the devastating effects of the traumatic incident.

There are so many factors that impact the reasons why one person may become addicted over another – but the most important thing to remember is that while these are factors that could impact one’s addiction, that does not mean that addiction is inevitable. If any of these factors place you at risk, you can take steps to overcome this risk such as seeking a therapist to work through issues, making friends with people who make healthier choices, and more. Speak with someone today to discover more healthy ways of coping and overcoming your challenges.


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