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Exploring Some of the Possible Causes of Substance Abuse.

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People can become dependent on drugs or alcohol for various reasons. In many cases, people develop substance problems because of several factors rather than one. It’s not always easy to determine what has lead to creating the substance issue. But it’s important to work on uncovering the possible causes of substance abuse during treatment. While in therapy, a person who is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem may be able to find the best way to approach his or her problem because the reasons behind the issue have been discovered. The best kind of therapy and treatment for addiction is an individualized approach. In other words, the best way to help a person to overcome addiction is to address his or her specific needs. Those needs can only be met when the causes of substance abuse in the person’s life have been identified.

Some Factors That Lead to Addiction

The causes of substance abuse vary. Sometimes, the root cause could be tied to an event or situation that happened in the person’s childhood. Although the addiction didn’t start at the time, the behaviors and thought patterns that developed over time may have lead to the substance problem. Let’s explore some of the causes of substance abuse. They include:

  • Childhood trauma
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Experimentation
  • Peer pressure
  • Family situation
  • Environment
  • Depression
  • Medication use

Trauma can happen because of things like physical abuse or witnessing a trauma-inducing event. If a person experienced some sort of abuse as a child, he or she may experience the effects of that traumatic in adulthood. This can sometimes be one of the causes of substance abuse for people. Stress can come in various forms and for many different reasons. People may feel the effects of stress after losing a job or while going through a family situation. Some individuals may drink or use drugs in an attempt to escape the negative feelings of stress, depression, or anxiety. As a result, they can become dependent on the substance and begin to abuse it. This can also happen when a person takes medication. For example, a chronic pain patient may become physically dependent on pain meds.

Some people begin to use drugs because they feel pressured to do so. They may be influenced by friends, classmates, coworkers, or even family members. Because of the negative environments and influences, an alcohol or drug problem might develop. Again, there are several possible causes of substance abuse. But, these are some that you might consider as you think about getting treatment for yourself or your loved one.

It’s important to note that the causes of substance abuse have to be treated in order to have a successful recovery. This is because, although a person may have gone through a detox for alcohol misuse, the stress or anxiety problem that caused the alcohol abuse might still be there. This will most likely cause the person to relapse. But, if the cause is treated, then there is less possibility of the addiction problem coming back.

Treating Substance Abuse at Mountainview

Here at Mountainview Recovery, we know that there are many things that can cause addiction. Our mission is to help people to overcome substance abuse for good. So, we provide our clients with the chance to go through a detox program. Then, we encourage them to go through our partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. We know that there is hope for those who have been impacted by substance abuse. So, if you or someone you know could use some help getting past substance misuse, please contact us today to find out how we can help.