Causes of Addiction
Addiction can happen to anyone. It is not partial to any gender race, status, country, or area. In fact, people who are very affluent can become victims of addiction just as equally as anyone else. It’s important to understand the many causes of addiction so help can be found more easily. After all, addiction can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Do you know the signs of drug use?
There are many causes of addiction.
Addiction within Families
A common cause is a predisposition to becoming emotionally and physically addicted to any type of substance, be it food, alcohol, drugs, or prescription painkillers. People who have parents who are currently addicts or who are overcoming addiction are more likely to become addicts themselves than someone who does not have a hereditary addictive gene.
Addiction can also be caused by lifestyle as an emotional release from daily life stress, including work, family, or low self esteem. If a person does drugs or abuses alcohol to feel better about themselves or to ‘escape’ life in general, they are on a quick downhill slope to addiction. Addiction is frightening because it does not take long for one drink to be far too many or for a dangerous drug to be consumed and desired on an almost constant basis.
Some people are addicts without realizing it. Denial is a very common form of addiction, and denial can be deadly. Many people feel like they have their ‘issue’ under control, and become more and more addicted to their substance of choice without even knowing how badly they are harming their own body and the livelihood of those around them. Even worse, some people feel like they don’t have an addiction problem at all and fail to see the seriousness of what they are doing to their bodies.
Inability to Quit
So why do people become addicted in the first place? The main reason is purely because addiction is a very physical and emotional ordeal. Many substances are addictive simply based on their chemical design, such as nicotine and cocaine. These types of substances do not take long to create a dependency, and are very difficult to quit. Most substances are additionally addictive due to the feeling of euphoria or calm they present when consumed, and people don’t feel ‘normal’ unless they are on their substance of choice and feeling its effects.
For many people, simply quitting is not an option. Addicts need help to overcome and cope with their addiction. Since addiction contains many factors, including emotional and physical addiction, people who are addicted to any type of substance require in-depth help so they can mentally and physically overcome their substance abuse problems as well as well as finding out what the causes of addiction are in their lives. In admitting to an addiction and seeking help, addicts can feel more confident about quitting and having a better quality of life.