Factors That Put Us at Risk of Addiction

Addiction does not discriminate, however, some of us are more prone to addiction than others. Anyone of any race, religion, social status, age, or gender can become addicted to drugs and alcohol. There are risk factors that increase the risk of a person developing an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Genetics, medical history, and environment are some of the risk factors involved.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “The vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person, and no single factor determines whether a person will become addicted to drugs. In general, the more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that taking drugs will lead to abuse and addiction.”


Family history and genetics play a huge part in the development of addiction or addictive behavior. Genetic predisposition increases the chances of a person’s substance use turning into an addiction. The risk of addiction is very high if a blood relative has a drug or alcohol problem.

Environment and Peer Pressure

Environmental factors are also risks for substance abuse and addiction. A lack of parental involvement or living in an abusive home might lead a person to use drugs and alcohol as a way to cope. Adolescents face peer pressure all the time and are influenced to experiment with drugs or alcohol to feel accepted. Alcohol is available in many social settings and among college students and teens.

Mental Health

Mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 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 increases a person’s symptoms of depression. Prescription pills are often prescribed after an illness, injury, or surgery to manage a person’s pain and recovery for short-term pain relief. The problem with painkillers is they are highly addictive.

Often, those who struggle with addiction have an underlying co-occurring mental health disorder. Both conditions must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best results in recovery. A person without any of the risk factors can also become addicted at any time.

Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction is a complicated chronic brain disease. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and there is hope in recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and a mental health condition, get help today. Do not let the stigma of addiction and mental health prevent you from getting the help you need. Addiction is isolating but you are not alone. Recovery is a lifelong process and you can enjoy a healthy, fulfilling, sober lifestyle.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.