When I describe my two loving parents, my carefree upbringing, and safe childhood, people often ask why I became an alcoholic. Surely home and parental factors contribute to alcoholism, right?
The answer is yes, environment and childhood can certainly contribute to addiction later in life, especially when parents struggle with addiction or the home is otherwise unstable. But this isn’t always the case. Addiction is a complex disease of the mind followed by an allergy of the body.
One factor in addiction is how early you began drinking.
Some say the earlier you start, the more likely you are to become addicted. But there are also people who develop addictions later in life, even as seniors.
Trauma can also be one of the factors that contribute to alcohol addiction. People who have suffered trauma often use substances to cope with the intense emotions and aftermath.
Research suggests that addiction can be linked to DNA, and it is known that genetics can also predispose someone to developing an addiction.
So yes, there are risk factors for addiction. But the reality is that addiction can occur in anyone, regardless of their background or current environment.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Residential treatment is an extremely effective tool at combating the disease of addiction. Interventions can be especially helpful, particularly if the person is unaware of their harmful actions. We may not know with 100% certainty the factors that contribute to alcoholism, but we have an arsenal of spiritual tools to overcome it.