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What is addiction disorder?
Addiction disorder is a complex condition involving multiple areas of the brain. People with addiction have an intense focus on using a certain substances or repeating risky behaviors to an unhealthy point. Some people may try a substance or behavior and never approach it again, while others become addicted. Different substances and behaviors have different effects on a person’s health. Serious complications can cause health concerns or social situations to result in death.
Like many mental health disorders, several factors may contribute to development of addiction. The main factors are:
- Environmental factors: including your family’s beliefs and attitudes, exposure to peer groups, etc.
- Genetics: Addiction may be influenced by inherited genetic traits
- Impaired control
- Social problems
- Risky use or behavior
- Increased tolerance (need for larger amounts to get the same effect)
Am I at risk?
Common risk factors of addiction disorder:
- Existing mental health disorder
- Family history of addiction
- Repeated and early exposure to addictive substances or behaviors
- A lack or disruption in a person’s social support system
- Traumatic experiences
Addiction At A Glance
- Addiction disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups.
- Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction.
- 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.