Risk & Complications of Addiction

While the exact cause of addictive behavior is not known, there are a number of risk factors that increase a person's chance of developing an addiction. Some of these include:

  • Genetics
  • Social factors such as a work environment where drug or alcohol is more accepted leads to higher cases of addictions
  • Peer pressure
  • Stress and lifestyle habits / Poor coping strategies
  • Early use of drugs and alcohol is more likely to progress into a full-blown addiction over time
  • Traumatic life experiences such as childhood abuse, negligent parents, divorce, job loss, death of a loved one are often associated with the development and recurrence of addictive behaviors.

Frequently asked questions
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