Causes of Addiction

These are some of the recognized causes of addiction.

  • Family history. Genetics explains 50 percent of whether an individual will develop an addiction.
  • Poor coping skill for dealing with stress.
  • Negative thinking, such as an all-or-nothing approach to life.
  • Underlying anxiety or depression.
  • Chronic pain, either emotional or physical.

Approximately 15 to 30 percent of addicts suffer from both addiction and underlying depression.[1, 2] The combination is sometimes called a dual diagnosis. Anxiety and depression can lead to addiction. Addiction can also cause anxiety and depression. People who have a dual diagnosis often use drugs and alcohol to escape the feelings of anxiety and depression. They have a repeating pattern of staying sober for a while and then relapsing when the feelings become overwhelming and they try to escape them. (Reference: www.AddictionsAndRecovery.org)

Resources

I have written a website to deal with each of these causes.
For further information refer to the following links:

http://www.AnxietyAndDepressionGuide.org
http://www.CognitiveTherapyGuide.org
http://www.MindBodyRelaxationGuide.org

References

1) Schuckit MA, Tipp JE, Bergman M, Reich W, Hesselbrock VM, Smith TL. Comparison of induced and independent major depressive disorders in 2,945 alcoholics. American Journal Psychiatry. 1997 Jul;154(7):948-57.
2) RC Kessler, WT Chiu, O Demler, EE Walters. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of twelve-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun;62(6):617-27.

Last Modified: October 13, 2017
You'll learn about the causes of alcohol addiction and drug addiction. Learn about the connection between depression and addiction. Understand the role of chronic pain as a cause of drug or alcohol abuse. For a more information refer to the book, I Want to Change My Life by Dr. Steven M. Melemis.