Some aspects of addiction are little known, while others aren’t. Most importantly, here are 3 facts about addiction that are misconceived.
The Causes of Addiction
You may, like most, believe that an addicted person is someone who has a little too much to drink a little too often. This is, of course, how a dependency begins, but it very quickly takes on a more sinister form: disease. Once the disease has taken root, it feasts on the self-control and good will of its host, slowly attempting to remove the hope of recovery. But what really causes addiction?
Your biology can make you up to 25% more prone to addiction than others. Additionally, gender, ethnicity, and the presence of other mental disorders may influence risk for drug abuse and addiction.
Another 25% of your addiction vulnerability is made up of your environment, including family, friends, economic status, and life quality. Other influences, such as sexual abuse, peer pressure, and parents moral landscape also play a massive role in one’s addiction.
When you start to take drugs early in life, it is most likely to transform into serious addiction abuse later on. This is because the body’s systems are growing in many disparate ways: emotional, psychological, social, decision-making, and self-control.
Education is Prevention
Addiction is preventable. Prevention is, of course, the preferred method of “treatment” – solving the problem before it begins. The first step in the act of prevention is education. Its been proven that school, community, family, and media education can play a significant role in reducing future cases. Specifically, when drugs are taught to be dangerous and harmful, they are much less likely to be the subject of experiment and use.
In a society that’s geared toward addiction, a culture of addiction is difficult to avoid. Mobile phones, television, internet, and the general media work hard to pander to our quest for desire and fulfillment. This makes effective, efficient outreach and education of primary importance in the fight against addictions.
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