Addiction vulnerability is a very complex trait. It can happen to anyone, but some people are more prone to addiction than others are. There are risk factors involved that increase the possibility of a person developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Genetics, medical history, and environment are some of the risk factors that make someone more susceptible to addiction.

Addiction has an inherited component, often runs in families, and can be passed down from parent to child. Quitting may be harder for people with particular genes. They may also experience more severe withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit. Family history plays an important part in determining who develops an addiction.

Environmental factors are also risks for substance abuse. A teen who lacks parental involvement or lives in an abusive home can turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their emotions. Adolescents face peer pressure all the time and they can easily be influenced to experiment with substances to “fit in.” Alcohol is available in most social settings and to college students or other young people.

Mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety influence a person’s risk of developing an addiction. People use substances to cope, but certain drugs and alcohol actually increase depression and anxiety. Alcohol is a depressant and significantly amplifies a person’s depression. Painkillers are often prescribed after an illness, injury, or surgery to manage a person’s pain and recovery. The problem with painkillers is some people develop an addiction to them. A person without any of the risk factors can also become addicted at any time.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, make a change today. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in holistic treatment for addiction and addictive behaviors with a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. The staff at Cypress Lakes Lodge is compassionate and committed to the overall health and well-being of every client. Get help now and start a new, healthy, sober lifestyle that you deserve.

Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in addiction treatment and is located in a serene, remote, lush-green, oxygen enriched environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy and offers yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204