Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
Breaking the Cycle
Although genetics have a significant role in addiction, there are other factors that come into play as well.
During childhood, the home environment is very important. Parents or older family members who use drugs or misuse alcohol can increase children’s risk of future drug problems. Teens are also at a greater risk if they live in chaotic homes where there is little parental or adult supervision. Early exposure to stress such as physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence, poverty and chaos are linked to early drug use and later drug problems.
Protective factors, including a nurturing home environment, communication, clear rules of conduct, and limiting your own use of alcohol or drugs can reduce your child’s risk for drug use and addiction.
If you have a family member who has experienced drug addiction, you may be at an increased risk of becoming addicted. Genetic factors account for 40% – 60% of a person’s vulnerability to addiction.
If you or a loved one are struggling and need help, please contact us.
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