Unfortunately, many of your life experiences will be out of your control. You are not in charge of where you were born, how you were raised or your social expectations because of that. You are unable to control how people in your life treat you and act. Some of these situations can cumulate in an enhanced risk for addiction. Knowing what the triggers in your life are can help you be aware of your choices before you fall into addiction.

Genetics

Everyone is unique, but a huge part of what makes you you is your genetic makeup determined by your parents. Chemical reactions in addicted brains function much differently than those in an addiction-free brain. Some scientists estimate that 40-60 percent of your aptitude towards addiction is based on your genetics. While this is not a factor you can change, your awareness of this predilection towards addiction can help you avoid the problem.

Environment

Thankfully, this is a variable that you may have the capacity to change. Some teenagers are prone to addiction due to a lack of parental involvement in their lives. Young adults may feel peer pressure was the deciding factor that led to their addiction. Often, if your addiction was caused by an environmental trigger, you may need to take great steps to avoid situations and people that could produce a relapse following treatment.

Other Mood Disorders

If you already suffer from a mood disorder, think bipolar or depression, you are at a greater risk of developing an addiction. The side effects may lead you to self-medicate, but in the long term the drugs will actually exacerbate the original problem. Be aware of any existing conditions in your life that could make you susceptible to an addiction and stop yourself before you become a victim.

Early Exposure

Some children grow up in environments that put them at risk for addiction. This could be their neighborhood, their school or their friend group. If your child is experimenting with drugs from a young age, they are far more likely to develop a lifelong addiction. Be mindful of your children’s actions and try to monitor them as much as possible, stopping illicit use of drugs and alcohol at a young age will give them a better shot at life.

Addicted Parents

Having parents that are addicts acts as a huge influence over the child’s decisions. The parents will not only be passing on a genetic aptitude for addiction but also environmental factors and potential early exposure. Addict parents are incredibly dangerous to their children’s immediate well-being as well as future success. If you were raised in an addictive home, try to separate yourself from any harmful influences and always be aware of your predisposition towards addiction.