What Three Factors Predict Drug Addiction?
Not everyone will become addicted to drugs, even if they tried it a few times. There are three factors to help predict drug addiction.
If you are wondering if you might be addicted to or becoming addicted to a drug, you likely are. Anyone who uses drugs is at risk of getting addicted. And the first sign of identifying addiction in yourself is wondering if you are using it too much. People who are not getting addicted never ask themselves if they are taking it too often. All drugs can cause addiction, and some are faster than others.
The drugs that quickly cause physical dependency on top of emotional and mental addiction are heroin, fentanyl, prescription painkillers, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, Adderall, Ritalin, and alcohol. On the other hand, marijuana, club drugs, cocaine, and methamphetamine do not cause physical dependence but easily cause someone to get addicted to the effects.
The most effective treatment method for drug addiction is now evidence-based types of therapies and medication-assisted treatments.
Three Factors Predict Drug Addiction
Some people get addicted to drugs, and others do not have to do with three factors that one person will have and the other does not. Research on addiction has confirmed that when a person gets addicted to a drug or alcohol, they have one of the factors that predispose someone to addiction. The three factors that predict addiction are:
- Personal history of trauma (physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence, neglect)
- Early exposure to drugs or drug abuse in the home or environment
- Diagnosed or undiagnosed emotional or mental health discovers
A history of trauma is by far the most influential factor that addicts and alcoholics have in common.
What Does the Research Say About Trauma and Addiction?
The National Institutes of Health define trauma and how it is linked to substance use disorders, also known as addiction. They reference dysregulated biological stress response which refers to a poor ability to manage emotional reactions and is standard for most drug-addicted people:
“Early traumatic experience may increase risk of substance use disorders (SUDs) because of attempts to self-medicate or to dampen mood symptoms associated with a dysregulated biological stress response. Traumatic life experience, such as physical and sexual abuse and neglect, occurs at alarmingly high rates and is considered a major public health problem in the United States. Early trauma exposure is well known to significantly increase the risk for major depression, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. The link between trauma exposure and substance abuse has been well-established.” (NIH)
What Treatment Methods are Best for Addiction?
The types of addiction treatment programs that are most effective must rely on multiple methods and practices to give the individual comprehensive treatment. All quality addiction programs also provide evidence-based forms of treatment. These methods are proven to help someone get off drugs and enter recovery long term.
Addiction is considered a treatable disease if multiple forms of therapy are evidence-based along with other comprehensive treatment options. The program we recommend provide the following evidenced-based types of drug and alcohol addiction therapy methods and treatment:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
- Medication-Assisted Treatments (MAT)
- Holistic Therapy
- Personalized Treatment Planning
Call Now for Immediate Placement into an Evidence-Based Drug Addiction Program
Please do not wait for addiction to go away by itself or get better. The disease of addiction is complex, and it affects the mind and emotions. It never gets easier to try and quit by yourself. The patients at Evoke Waltham have come from the most astounding drug histories and recovered. We have the answers backed by research and science on what programs work. We can get you into a program where they medicate you upon arrival. Call now for immediate access to treatment and chat or email for more help.