Risk Factors For Addiction (Part 2)
Risk Factors For Addiction (Part 2)
Hello there my name is PAUL. Today we are focused on the top RISK factors that make people prone to drug addiction and the way out which they have alongside therapy. We brought you part 1 in our last edition (Risk Factors For Addiction Part 1) and here’s a conclusion of what we started with much more interesting risk factors.
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Let’s ride on with Mental illness which is another risk factor.
Mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and others, may put people at greater risk for using drugs and becoming addicted. There are many possible reasons for this increased risk for addiction. One is that some people with mental disorders take drugs because the drugs make them feel better, or they believe the drugs help them deal with their problems.
Also, mental disorders affect the same brain circuits and chemicals as do drugs of abuse. The overlapping effects of a mental disorder and a drug may increase the risk for addiction. As a parent, it’s important to be on the lookout for whether your child may be using substances to cope with their condition.
Secondly, we have Gender
Studies show differences in the way drugs affect male and female bodies, as well as how and why men and women use drugs. For example, women are more likely than men to become addicted to drugs designed to treat anxiety or sleeplessness, while men are more likely than women to abuse alcohol and marijuana. In the past, studies showed that, overall, there was a higher rate of drug use and addiction among men than among women. However, in recent years, this gender gap is closing—current studies show that equal numbers of male and female teens are reporting that they are using drugs.
Ethnicity is also another factor that cannot be left out of this list.
Ethnicity is a factor that has both biological and environmental components. For instance, some ethnic groups show different rates of metabolism of drugs (how drugs are broken down by the body), which can affect drug sensitivity. But there are also cultural factors that influence drug use, and societal factors that impact the consequences of drug use. For example, while overall drug use by African-Americans and Hispanics is lower compared to white Americans, the consequences—such as trouble with the law or risk for disease such as HIV/AIDS—disproportionately affect minorities.
Am sure you didn’t think about Stress but yes it is a real risk factor.
High-stress levels may increase a person’s risk of turning to a substance, such as alcohol or marijuana, to reduce stress.
Stress, and particularly early exposure to stress, is linked to early drug use and later drug problems. For example, stressors such as physical or sexual abuse, or witnessing violence, may contribute to someone’s risk for addiction. In addition, poverty is often linked to stress, and too chaotic lifestyles, which may increase the risk for drug abuse. In contrast, involvement in social networks that are supportive, and where disapproval of drug use is the norm, can protect against drug use. These groups might be sports teams, religious groups, or community groups.
We also have School performance
Academic failure may be a sign that a teen is currently abusing drugs and is in need of intervention, or it may be a risk factor for later drug abuse. On the other hand, teens who are successful in school, have positive self-esteem, and develop close bonds with adults outside their families (such as teachers) are less likely to abuse drugs.
In the academic Millieu Peer influence also contributes a lot. Associating with peers who engage in risky behaviors and who use drugs is another key risk factor, especially for teens. Choosing friends who do not use drugs can protect a person from drug abuse and addiction.
And last but not least curiosity.
In most cases, the high rate of curiosity amongst teens is a major risk factor that turns them into drug addicts. This is so because teens are one of the most curious sets of beings and when their curiosity for something is high they are more likely to get that which they are curious about and consume and in this case dugs may be at the top of their agenda which wends up sticking to most of them and they become addicted at these young ages because they can’t control their urge to get the drug that they have become addicted to due to their curiosity. Curiosity is a very good thing but curiosity should be directed to positive things rather than those which destroy youths and affect society.
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