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How Do Addictive Behaviors Begin And What Is The Cause?

Aug 18, 2007
How addictive behaviors begin has sparked many different opinions among experts. The general conclusion has always found a variety of possible answers. It is agreed that there is not one singular component that can be attributed to the beginning of addiction. Most individuals have their own explanations for why they have become dependent on something though sometimes the cause is never known nor understood.

How Do Addictions Begin?

Many activities that lead to addiction and can be triggered by something as simple as a social event; this may be trying indulging in alcohol, the first experiment with pot, a one night stand, or any of the other chemicals, substances or activities that people tend to become addicted to. One may become physically or psychologically dependent on a prescribed drug that was initially given for legitimate reasons, such as pain management. They may be scared of the withdrawal process or coping with everyday life without it. These fears are common when peolple believe the pain of being without the drug is worse than the misery they are in now.

Peer pressure and experimentation explain why many people try substances for the first time. In other circumstances, or with different people at a different time, some of these addictions may never have started.

The psychological 'high' experienced from certain activities may cause the person to crave the feeling again. Emotions such as those experienced when trying something new and exciting, winning a bet or sleeping with someone new can excite the senses and trigger a yearning.

Causes Of Addiction

Genetic predisposition has been explored as a legitimate reason for an addiction, and though most professionals agree that it has some Viability, there is no conclusive evidence that this is fundamental cause. Peer pressure can be responsible for triggering an addiction. A number of tobacco users blame these pressures for their addiction.

The social environment in which we grow up and are exposed to, may be held accountable for some addictions.For example, continuous exposure to alcohol and heavy drinkers, might be experienced And be the rule and may permit addictive behavior to be completely within bounds.

Many people attribute the addiction as a way of handling stress; it is easy to justify a 'pick me up' after work as a way of relieving troubles, but for how long and to what extent can stress take the blame?

One's self-esteem and body image may have a role to play in addiction; (those particularly those suffering with anorexia), may have started their addictive behavior to change their self-image.

Brain chemistry and biology is accountable for many addictions. The modern view of addiction is that it is a brain disease. Personality can play a significant role in addiction, as many people simply seem have personality leanings toward addiction.

For a number of people suffering from an addiction, the cause may never be identified with certainty.The critical piece to examine is that the addiction is causing problems. These problems must be attended to as the addiction is progressive in nature. Without entering addiction recovery, it will get worse.Thus the problem is not so much where do addictive behaiors begin, but rather what do we do about the problems thwy generate.
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Pick up your Free Recovery Rolodex, Over 97 pages of self help and recovery tips, resources and links to enhance your life in addiction recovery.The author, Bill Urell MA.CAAP-II, is an addictions therapist at a leading drug addictiontreatment center. He teaches healthy life styles and life skills. Tell your story! Visit: http://www.AddictionRecoveryBasics.com/
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