Why Do Addictions Occur?

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Unfortunately, many believe addiction is a sign of weakness. However, research shows that many factors contribute to substance dependency. Why do addictions occur, and what can you do about them?

Addiction Causes

Many users believe they’re immune to addiction. After all, virtually no one would try drugs if they thought they would develop dependency. Simply, most people aren’t prepared for the adaptive changes that occur in the brain when they begin drug use.

Eventually, a person must use more and more of their substance of choice to achieve the same effects. Over time, drugs become a necessity for normal functioning. At this point, a user no longer has control over the habit.

Furthermore, because these changes gradually take place, it’s easy to deny they’re happening. However, the changes are quite obvious to those around you. If others express concern over your drug use, please heed their warning and get help immediately.

Why Do Addictions Occur?

Nearly everyone undergoes the same biological changes when developing an addiction. Even so, some people are more predisposed to dependency than others. For example, your odds are greater if you:

• Begin using at a young age
• Have a family history of drug abuse
• Struggle with a mental health condition
• Experienced a form of past trauma
• Grew up in a dysfunctional home

Recognizing that there are certain contributing factors, medical professionals now subscribe to what they call the “disease model.” The disease model states that the initial decision to use drugs is a choice, but that the ensuing addiction is a disease. Therefore, this definition allows experts to treat the whole person by addressing the root cause that initially led to addictive behavior.

Psychotherapy from 1st Step Behavioral Health

These risk factors also increase the likelihood of relapse after treatment. Fortunately, 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida uses psychotherapy to help individuals work through the temptation to use. You’ll learn how to alleviate stress and avoid triggers that contribute to relapse potential. Our diverse psychotherapeutic services include:

Behavioral therapy
Dual diagnosis treatment
Individual therapy

Unfortunately, some people are more vulnerable to addiction than others. However, this doesn’t mean you should give up hope. 1st Step Behavioral Health helps hundreds of people reach successful sobriety. We look forward to doing the same for you.

Help for Addiction

Drug addiction will quickly take control of your life. Don’t let it. Begin your journey to recovery today by calling (866) 319-6126 now.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.