What Causes Drug Addiction?

What Causes Drug Addiction?

While there have been many scientific studies and research conducted on the causes of drug addiction, unfortunately, it’s still a big problem that many individuals struggle with — and sadly, men are less likely to seek help. Though our knowledge of substance abuse has grown substantially over the years, many people still fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction. And more often than not, those people are men. Whether the addiction is biological or environmental, addicts who want to recover need support and encouragement from their loved ones in order to overcome their addiction. Here are some reasons why drug addiction happens and ways to get help.

Why Are Men More Prone to Developing Addiction?

Studies have shown that men are much more prone to developing addictions or struggling with substance abuse as compared to women. Unfortunately, research also shows that men are less likely to seek out treatment for their substance abuse disorders. Helping young men identify what initially triggered their addiction can help lead them to a successful recovery. Some men may not seek help for their drug addiction for fear that they will be seen as a weak or emotional individual — thus, causing them to continue the vicious cycle of addiction. Here are some of the most common causes of drug addiction:

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative living environment
  • Sexual abuse

What are the Warning Signs of Drug Addiction?

If you suspect your loved one has a drug addiction, it’s important to recognize the following signs so that you can help them receive treatment and support through recovery.

  • Mood swings
  • Changes in behavior
  • Newly formed unhealthy relationships
  • Changes in appearance
  • Financial problems
  • Legal problems
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Unhealthy sleeping patterns

How to Get Help

The best way to help someone who struggles with drug addiction is to get them professional help. While each recovery journey is different for everyone, there is an abundance of treatment therapies that can be applied to help someone overcome their drug addiction. The following are therapies offered by Blueprints for Recovery that can be tailored to an individual's needs:

  • Humanistic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Outdoor therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Anger management
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Dialectical behavior therapy

Investigating and pinpointing the cause of your addiction can help create a more targeted treatment plan for you. Blueprints for Recovery treats young men between the ages of 18 to 30 and have the tools and resources that you need to reach and maintain sobriety no matter what the main cause of your addiction may be. Contact us today to learn how we can help you on your path to freedom.

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