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Environmental Factors of Addiction

We may not know precisely what causes addiction, but we do know that the environment a person is exposed to effects their likelihood of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. Your environment affects your attitude, your beliefs, and who you are at the very core of your being. As an example, consider a child growing up in a household where her parents are extremely religious. The knowledge and experiences the child has during her younger years directly affect her thoughts and opinions of religion. She may determine that her parents were so obsessed that she opts to distance herself from organized religion as an adult. On the contrary, she may follow in their footsteps and becoming equally as involved with religion. Either way, the environment she was a part of growing up directly effects her thought process and in turn her behavior. Addiction is no exception.

Delving deeper into the concept of environment, you can break it into four segments. First, there is the family component. This refers to an individual’s family members and their beliefs and involvement with addiction. Studies show that people with family members that are struggling with addiction are more likely to deal with addiction at some point during their lives. Next, your peers are a part of your environment. The people you surround yourself with have a significant impact on your potential involvement with addiction. If you are around people that are using drugs or drinking excessively, you increase the possibility of using as well. Your environment also consists of your workplace or school. Again, this can be explained by considering that those that use drugs and abuse alcohol often congregate together. Lastly, your community is a factor in your environment. Consider neighborhoods where gangs are active. Only a small number of residents in these areas escape either the city or the lifestyle.

As a woman in recovery, it’s essential to create a positive environment for yourself to heal and build confidence in your ability to thrive without drugs and alcohol in your life. Villa Tranquil is a recovery facility which offers many services and conveniences for those new to recovery. Let Villa Tranquil’s educated, professional staff help you enjoy the lifelong commitment of this adventure of recovery. Call Villa Tranquil at 866-697-7573 to speak with an addiction expert today.