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Where Does Addiction Come From?

Where Does Addiction Come From?

Addiction is a complex problem that negatively impacts your physical, emotional, and social well-being. 

Unfortunately, there’s no one determining factor that can prevent or predict addiction, making it difficult to treat. Fortunately, a multifaceted treatment approach can help you break the habit of addiction.

Dr. Poonam Malhotra, at Central Clinic in Spring Hill, Florida, offers a variety of treatments that can help you understand your struggles and overcome the challenges of addiction.

What causes addiction?

Substance abuse has a variety of causes that may include:

Some studies show that genetics (family history) can influence your risk of addiction by as much as 50%. 

Other factors, such as your social environment, can also affect your likelihood of dependence. For instance, family violence and absent parenting styles increase your risk, while a stable and supportive family environment reduces your addiction risks.

However, there’s no clear-cut answer for why some people have problems with substance abuse while others, sometimes from the same family, don’t.

For some people, addiction starts with an injury for which a physician prescribed opioid pain medicine. Others begin experimenting with drugs or alcohol during their teen years and struggle with addiction for decades. 

What are the signs of addiction?

Symptoms of substance abuse can vary but may include:

Another telltale sign of addiction is experiencing physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit, including headaches, nausea, sweats, and confusion.

How is addiction treated?

Dr. Malhotra takes a multipronged approach to addiction treatment that may include the following:

You may also benefit from psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT focuses on identifying and replacing negative thought patterns and behaviors with healthy responses. 

Dr. Malhotra personalizes each treatment plan to help you achieve mental and physical health as you overcome addiction.

Schedule an evaluation at Central Clinic today for outstanding health care that’s always patient-focused. Call the office or request an appointment online. 

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