Addiction is all around us in this day and age, many times we don’t even realize it. All over the globe there are hundreds of thousands of people, if not more, dealing with various addictions every single day. We can become addicted to all kinds of substances, products, and activities, and if not addressed, these addictions can potentially be life-ruining. When we think of addiction, generally we think of drugs, alcohol, and perhaps, to a lesser extent, gambling. In actuality, it doesn’t matter what it is you are addicted to, as an addiction of any kind, can be a real problem. But what is it that causes people to become addicted to behaviours, activities, and substances? Well, let’s take a look.
Yes, believe it or not, but boredom is actually one of the leading causes of addiction up and down the globe. You see, when bored, people look for new and exciting ways to perk up their lives, so they begin experimenting with drink and/or drugs. To begin with, they may find that these things help to alleviate the boredom, and generally make them feel better, so they turn to them more frequently. As Dr. Jon from Inspire Rehab says: “Before they know it, things have spiralled out of control and they find themselves addicted, unable to function without the vices that they indulged in to begin with.”
Whether physical or emotional, another huge cause of addiction is when an individual has suffered some form of trauma in their life. If they have suffered from a traumatic experience, for example, they may drink alcohol or use drugs to help block these painful memories from their minds, and to numb the emotional pain they are suffering. Even physical trauma such as an injury, can lead to addiction, as people may find themselves relying on pain killers, alcohol, or recreational drugs to help them overcome any physical pain they may be dealing with. Even after the injury has healed, the body itself may now be convinced that it cannot function without the substances in question, which again will result in addiction.
Peer pressure is another common cause of addiction, especially in younger people, who are slightly more naive and impressionable. They may see so-called ‘celebrities’ endorsing drug use, or their own friends or the ‘cool kids’ at school, and they may experiment with substances in a bid to fit in. Initially they may like how they feel, so they will indulge again, and again, and again, until they are addicted and are unable to function without their substance of choice.
Life as we know it is generally pretty stressful, and some sadly do not cope with stress as well as others. If stressed, whether it be for personal reasons, financial reasons, because of work, or for any other reason, a person may use drugs or drink alcohol to ‘take the edge off’ and chill them out. Initially this may work, so they again use various substances. After a while, they may not get the same effects, so they either increase their dosages, or turn to harder, more extreme substances, and before long, they too are suffering from an addiction which initially was brought on via stress.