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Why Me? Why Am I an Addict?

If you have asked yourself these questions, you are not alone. There are millions of us who have cursed the disease of addiction out loud, wondering why we have it or what did we to deserve it. For one, no one deserves to experience the misery of addiction, just like no one deserves contracting cancer. Your genetics, environment, and neurological make-up are the major contributing factors to the disease. Unless you were completely sheltered from the outside world, there isn’t a whole lot we could have done to avoid becoming addicts.

Some studies suggest that genetics are the biggest factor and cause of addiction. If your family has a track record of substance abuse, your risk of developing the same is greatly increased. Other genetic components that can predispose you to having the disease of addiction are mental illness, ethnicity, and gender. We can’t change our genetics, but having the knowledge of these contributing factors to the disease may help provide answers and lessen the shame and stigma that is synonymous with addiction.

Your environment also plays a big role in whether or not you develop a substance abuse problem. Peer pressure, abuse, stress, socioeconomic standing, and the degree of parental involvement all contribute to the risk factors of developing an addiction. Certain careers also have an elevated potential of substance abuse. If you use drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism, you have a higher likelihood of encountering addiction problems down the road.

Drug and alcohol usage changes the way neurotransmitters communicate in our brain. When we use chemicals more often, we develop a tolerance which requires more and more of the substance to achieve the feel-good high we enjoy. Over time, we develop cravings, and in conjunction with our genetics and environment, it is nearly impossible to avoid becoming addicted.

Clearly, we are not at fault for having the risk factors that can contribute to developing the disease. Though we are not responsible for having the disease, we are responsible for our recovery. If you are ready to change your life, we can help. You no longer have to live in the darkness of addiction. Recovery is possible, and yours can begin today.

Serenity Recovery Center at the Encino Hospital Medical Center offers the comforts of home for a clinical detox experience. Detox is the necessary first step of recovery. Begin your recovery journey in a safe, comfortable environment, clinically monitored by professionals. Call 844-339-6964 today for more information.