How do I Know?
Only you can diagnose and determine if a drug or drinking problem exists
How do you know if you’re addicted or suffer from alcoholism?
Unfortunately there’s no single factor which can predict whether a person will become addicted to drugs or not. Risk for addiction or alcoholism is influenced by a combination of factors that include an individual’s genogram (genetic makeup), social & environmental influences and age or stage of development. The more risk factors an individual has, the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction.
3 areas we believe addiction may begin:
Genogram (Genetic Makeup):
Every generation, families pass a piece of themselves to their kin. The genes which people are born with – in combination with environmental influences – account for about half of an individual’s addiction vulnerability. Additionally, gender, ethnicity and the presence of other mental disorders may influence risk for drug abuse and addiction.
Social & Environmental:
A person’s environment includes many different influences, from family and friends to socioeconomic status and quality of life in general. Factors such as peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, stress, and quality of parenting can greatly influence the occurrence of drug abuse and the escalation to addiction in a person’s life.
Age & Developmental:
Genetic predisposition and environmental factors may interact with an individual’s critical life development stages and also affect addiction vulnerability. Although taking drugs at any age could potentially lead to addiction, the earlier a person begins using drugs or drinking alcohol, the more likely it will progress to more serious abuse, which poses a special challenge to adolescents. Because areas in their brains that govern decision making, judgment, and self-control are still developing, adolescents may be especially prone to risk-taking behaviors, including trying drugs of abuse.