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How Does an Addiction Start?

 

Addictions can start in many ways. There can be a variety of contributing factors, including genetics, environment and lifestyle choices. Identifying how addiction start can be useful when coming up with an effective treatment plan.

Genetics

Genetics play a h2 role in many physical and psychological traits. Genetics can play a role in addiction, but they are never the sole cause. Otherwise everyone everyone who came from a family of addicts would become an addict, which is not the case. Research does show, however, that certain genes can play a role in addiction.

Home Environment

The home environment can play a large role when it comes to triggering addictions. When someone is raised in a family where these problems exist, both genetics and environment can be significant factors. Children who grow up seeing parents and other older relatives exhibiting addictive behavior are more likely than average to develop addictions themselves.

Peer Pressure

As children get older, peer pressure can be a h2 influence. For example, kids who see other kids drinking are tempted to follow suit in order to fit in. This is, in fact, one of the most common ways that addictive behavior begins. Peer pressure can continue to be an influence as people get older. For example, if someone has work friends who go to a bar after work every day, it’s easy to fall into a pattern that can lead to a drinking problem. People who attend parties where drugs are consumed are tempted to indulge in this behavior themselves.

Lifestyle Factors

When people become adults, they are able to make choices regarding who they spend time with and how they behave. These choices can be healthy or unhealthy. Although addictions often start in the teens or in young adulthood, people can also develop addictive behavior later in life due to decisions regarding friends, family and social life. Another lifestyle factor that can be significant is social isolation. A professor of psychology named Bruce Alexander conducted what have come to be known as the Rat Park experiments, which revealed that socially isolated rats were much more likely to become addicts than ones that were well socialized.

Overcoming Addictions

If you or someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be helpful to identify the cause or starting point. It is, however, even more important to make significant changes. This usually requires some type of treatment, which may include therapy, drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers or twelve-step programs. Knowing the origin of the problem can be helpful when it comes to changing your behavior in the future. Making a personal commitment to making these changes is also essential.

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