Addiction is not caused by a single factor. In fact, several factors collectively raise one’s risks. The following are factors that can raise one’s risk to addiction:

  • Access to addictive substances/behaviors
  • Family history of addiction
  • Stressful or traumatic life events
  • Psychological makeup
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aggressiveness
  • Impulsivity
  • Lack of information about harmful outcomes related to substance/behavior addictions
  • Mental health issues, such as depression, ADHD or anxiety

Signs of Addiction

  • Change in activities or friends
  • Changes in behavior
  • Problems at school or work
  • Increased money spending
  • Bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils
  • Physical health issues
  • Neglecting hygiene and appearance
  • Lying or hiding activities
  • Trembling hands
  • Ignoring activities favored in the past
  • Symptoms of addiction

Co-Occurring Addiction

There is also a likelihood that individuals suffering from addictions may have a co-occurring mental health condition. It is also common to have co-occurring addictions such as:

  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Gambling
  • Video gaming
  • Eating disorders
  • Internet usage
  • Risky sexual behavior

Relapse Prevention

  • Stay committed to your treatment plan
  • Avoid high-risk situations
  • Seek help immediately if you have a recurrence
Helping Friends, Family, and Loved Ones to Avoid Substance Abuse or Behavioral Problems
  • Foster self-esteem and self-worth
  • Get involved and share activities
  • Be supportive and listen
  • Talk about risks and consequences
  • Set a good example