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4 Alcohol Addiction Risk Factors

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A risk for alcoholism is just one of the traits we may inherit from our parents.

Some people drink socially a few times a month—and leave it at that, always ready to be done after a glass or two. Others seem to gain speed after their first drink and, before they know it, the night’s a blur.

Why can some people drink moderately, while others see their drinking escalate over time?

Alcoholism Addiction Risk Factors

  • Genetics. We now know that addiction isn’t a question of willpower. Rather, it’s a matter of genetics, at least in part. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about half of a person’s risk of developing alcoholism can be traced to genetics. This is what we may think of as having an “addictive personality.”
  • Environment. Did you grow up in a home where your parents carefully taught you about the dangers of drugs and alcohol? Or were you left on your own to figure life out or, worse, be a witness to your parents’ own struggles with drugs or alcohol? How you were raised makes a big difference in your chances of using yourself. During the teen years and later, peer pressure also comes into play.
  • Early Use. Research shows us that those who begin drinking or using drugs in their teen years are more susceptible to addiction later in life. That’s because the teen brain is still developing and substance use can create lasting changes in the way it’s wired.
  • Mental Health. Research tells us that those who have a condition, such as ADHD or post-traumatic stress disorder, are more likely to develop an addiction. The key here is to recognize any such conditions—and make sure that they’re properly treated.

If those risk factors sound familiar—and you find yourself struggling to control your alcohol use—it doesn’t mean you’re hopeless or doomed. It just means you probably need help to get better.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Colorado

At The Raleigh House, we take a whole-person approach to recovery. That means we don’t just get the alcohol out of your system. We work with you to help you recover psychologically, mentally, spiritually and socially, as well. Rehab isn’t just about giving something up; it’s about getting your life back. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the alcohol addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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