Substances such as alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine are also considered drugs. When you're addicted, you can continue to use the drug despite the damage it causes. Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. The most common roots of addiction are chronic stress, a history of trauma, mental illness, and a family history of addiction.
Understanding how this can lead to chronic substance abuse and addiction will help lower your risk of becoming an addict. Next, we'll look at addiction and its roots, and discuss practical ways you can reduce your risk of developing a drug or alcohol addiction. Trauma can cause a person to have post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause a lot of feelings of depression and anxiety and can lead to addiction or suicide. Trauma experienced during childhood can cause extremely high levels of stress in young people, which can permanently alter their brain growth and chemistry.
That's why many people with problems during their childhood can suffer from addiction problems. People often self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to stop or suppress negative thoughts or emotions that accompany their co-occurring disorder. While the temporary euphoric feelings of drugs and alcohol may offer brief relief, they only worsen the long-term co-occurring disorder. This is because some of the side effects of drug and alcohol use include anxiety and depression.
Therefore, when additional anxiety and depression are combined with existing anxiety and depression, they can cause harmful effects. Many people who suffer from a co-occurring disorder, such as anxiety or depression, may be prescribed medications to control their mental health symptoms. While these medications can be a very useful tool in the short term, a person who may have very good intentions of relieving their symptoms can begin to suffer from addiction quickly.