One of the issues you will explore at drug rehabilitation is how your addiction
began. You’ll learn to identify the triggers that may have led to
your initial drug use as well as how drug addiction develops over time.
Understanding the nature of alcoholism and drug addiction is an essential step in
Risk Factors of Drug Addiction
Some individuals are able to use prescription painkillers properly or to
drink the occasional glass of wine without developing an addiction. Other
people are at a high risk of developing addictions due to factors such
as a family history of addiction or a personal medical history of mental
health disorders. Other risk factors of drug addiction include a history
of traumatic experiences, such as childhood neglect or abuse. Of course,
having one or more risk factors of drug addiction does not automatically
mean that addiction will develop, but it is important for individuals
to be aware of the risks.
Initial Use of Drugs
Addictions generally do not develop overnight. A person’s initial
use of drugs or alcohol may seem harmless at first. He or she may experiment
with drugs to fit in with friends. Gradually, drug use may increase. It
is a major red flag for a person to use
drugs as a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, or depression. Using drugs to cope with problems
or to fill the emptiness in one’s life can readily lead to addiction.
Development of Addiction
The individual needs to take increasing amounts of the drug to experience
the same effects when the body adapts to the substance. Eventually, obtaining
and using the drug becomes the utmost priority for the person. As addiction
develops, the individual feels a compulsion to continue using the drug,
despite the adverse consequences of doing so. These may include legal
problems, deteriorated relationships, and financial difficulties.
Retreat at Lancaster County is a fully accredited drug addiction treatment
center in Pennsylvania that offers customized addiction recovery planning.
On our serene, private campus, you’ll have access to all the resources
you need to address the
disease of addiction and get your life back on track. To arrange courtesy transportation to
our residential treatment facility, call (717) 859-8000.