What Causes Drug Addiction:Can This Affect You?

What Causes Drug Addiction:Can This Affect You?

One’s childhood experiences shape the rest of your life. Challenging situations involving a tense family dynamic, financial difficulties or traumatic experiences can create a deep imprint. If someone didn’t have the ability to see a counselor, have a good support network of friends or be able to find avenues of relief through exercise, a lot of the feelings have remained inside. Working through memories of a difficult childhood is important to resolve the past and not be its prisoner. Yoga, aerobic exercise and building a good support system are helpful tools to create healthier patterns. Let’s read on to find out more about what causes drug addiction.

Having a stormy relationship (or series of them) can lead one into distressing feelings of jealousy, insecurity, and hopelessness. One may be in an unhealthy relationship due to one’s past. We place a lot of hope on having another person be the “hero” or savior and to rescue us from inner conflicts. It is important to have people to ask about the relationship that you feel themselves are not in destructive relationships. Often we are afraid to question whether a romantic relationship is good for us or not as we don’t want to face being alone. Learning to live with one’s inner feelings and knowing we don’t have to buy into them, helps find them less frightening.

Whether you have a loved one addicted to drugs or you yourself are addicted, you may be asking “what causes drug addiction”? The cause of drug addiction is a complex topic, being that each person has their own set of circumstances, but there are some common factors that can help you understand the cause of drug addiction.


Humans are born curious and information about drugs is everywhere. It’s not hard to wonder what the hype is about if you have never been taught otherwise. You should remember that drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Brain changes that occur over time with drug use challenge an addicted person’s self-control. Teens are particularly at risk because peer pressure can be very strong. They are more likely than adults to take a risk to impress their friends to show their independence from social rules.

Gateway drugs

A person may have started out using something less addicting such as Marijuana and looking for a better high, they come in contact with heavier substances that offer a different type of high, they begin using this more frequently and obsessive behavior starts, and so this has become a way of life for them.

Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and stress

A person’s mood and state of well being can play a large part in a person’s perception of right or wrong. When you add drugs into the mix, it becomes a habitual circle of self-destruction. No one factor can predict if a person will become addicted to drugs. It requires a combination of factors and risk for addiction. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction. Some people who suffer from social anxiety, stress, and depression starts using drugs to feel less anxious. Stress can play a major role in starting and continuing drug use as well as relapse.

Peer pressure

This is not a kids-only topic; adults are also pressures. Everyone has peers and if getting high is what is acceptable in your social setting or circle of influences, you will be pressured to perform or act in the same way. Some people feel pressure to improve their focus in school or at work or their abilities in sports. This can play a role in trying or continuing to use drugs, such as prescription stimulants or cocaine.

Alteration of the perception of reality

Drugs alter one’s state of mind and it’s for that very reason that many people begin using drugs and attempting to keep their mind in an altered state can, and generally does lead to addiction. The decision to take drugs is typically voluntary, but with continued use, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired, and this impairment in self-control is the mark of addiction. Long-term use of drugs causes changes in other circuits of the brain as well as affecting functions such as learning, judgment, decision making, stress, behavior, and memory.

When drugs enter the brain, they interfere with its normal processing which can eventually lead to changes in how well it works. As time goes by, drugs can lead to addiction, this is a brain disease in which people cannot stop using drugs even if they really want to and even if it causes consequences to their health and their lives.


Environmental factors are those related to your family, school and neighborhood. We are all a reflection of our environments. If a person is raised in a home where drugs were part of life or a culture where drugs are accepted, then it is much more likely that they too will become curious first and addicted shortly thereafter. Factors such as peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, and parental guidance can greatly affect a person’s likelihood of drug use and addiction.

No one factor can predict if a person will become addicted to drugs. A combination of factors influences your risk for addiction. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction.

Your Genes

Biological factors that can affect a person’s risk of addiction include their genes, stage of development. According to research, the genes that people are born with will account for about half of a person’s risk for addiction. Gender, ethnicity, and the presence of other mental disorders may also influence your risk for drug use and addiction.


Genetic and environmental factors interact with critical developmental stages in a person’s life to affect addiction risk. Although taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier that drug use begins, the more likely it will progress to addiction. This is a problem for teens because areas of their brains that control decision-making, judgment, and self-control are still developing, so they may be prone to behaviors like trying drugs and will continue to use them.

Some risk factors for addiction: Aggressive behavior in childhood, lack of parental supervision, poor social skills, drug experimentation, availability of drugs, and community poverty.

Can drug addiction be prevented?

With most chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, treatment for drug addiction is not a cure. However, addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed. People who are recovering from an addiction will be at risk for relapse for years and possibly for their whole lives. Research has shown that drug use and addictions are preventable. Education and outreach are key to helping people understand the possible risks of drug use.


These are just some of the most common things that can cause drug addiction. The most complex part of the cause of drug addiction is the changes in the brain’s chemistry that take place when a person uses drugs. Addiction is a lot like other diseases,  such as heart disease. They disrupt the normal, healthy functioning of an organ in your body and have serious harmful effects, and in many cases, they are preventable and treatable. If left untreated, they can lead to other illnesses and even death. Take care!

Delores:  weliveforhealth.com  Please feel free to leave a comment and share with friends and family.

















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  1. Emmanuel Buysse December 4, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Very good post and great info. 

    Even when you think it can’t affect you, it can. 

    I know somebody who had everything, a great job, a family, but because of something he lost everything. 

    He went into the alcohol and went an addict. 

    So if you think it can’t hit you, you are wrong. 

    So this post is very good because you explain everything very well. 

    Thanks for sharing it! 

    • Delores December 4, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Hi Emmanuel,

      Thanks for your comment. We are not immune to this problem, no matter who you are. It is getting out of control more, each and every day. Just a simple problem, or following the wrong crowd can lead a person down the wrong path. I do hope everyone will be aware of the dangers and work hard to prevent addiction from happening.

      Thanks for reading.

  2. Tarun December 4, 2018 at 7:34 am - Reply


    I fortunately never have nor know anyone who does suffer from drug addiction but it is good to know causes and what preventive steps can be taken.

    are there any physical signs one can look for to know someone may be on the path to addiction?

    also what is the best way to bring up the topic with the person without them getting defensive?


    • Delores December 5, 2018 at 2:52 am - Reply

      Hi Tarun,

      Thanks for taking the time to read my article. This is a very troubling subject for many people. You have pointed out two areas that I would like to continue writing on. There are many physical signs that you can look out for to know when someone is on the path to addiction. You can begin to see a difference in their appearance and grooming, their eyes are always red, their behavior changes, they are always having money problems, poor work performance, or stopping from work regularly, and much more.

      To bring up this topic with anyone can be very difficult because he/she might think that you are accusing them of something that they are not guilty of. I would begin to be “non judgmental”. That person may be going through a difficult time in their life and doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Try to use kind words and be a good friend. Show him that you care to build trust first. In this case he will be more open to let you in. Use open-ended questions like, I notice that you, Can I help you with, Do you want to talk. In this way, it will be more easier for him to reply to your question. Let him talk. Be a good listener.

      I will be following up with more information very soon. Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate it. 

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