Risk Factors for Addiction

Are you at risk for addiction?

Even though not everyone will get addicted to drugs if they use them they are still harmful to a person’s health, cause people to make poor decisions and affects judgment. Drug use is responsible for over 100,000 deaths in the US each year. As with other diseases, vulnerability to drug addiction differs among users. There is no single factor that dictates whether one person and not another will become addicted. Anyone that uses drugs may be in danger of becoming addicted at some point or another.

There are several factors that increase the risk of addiction:

Method of administration, age of use, peer pressure, and family life. Smoking or injecting a drug into a vein increases its addictive potential. Both smoked and injected drugs enter the brain within seconds, providing a powerful rush of pleasure.

Taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction but the younger a person is when they first start using can lead to more serious use.

Friends have the greatest impact on young teens. Drug-abusing peers can sway even those without risk factors to try drugs for the first time.

Parents or older family members who abuse drugs can also increase the chance of young teens of developing their own drug problems.