Risk Factors for Addiction

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Addictions of all types form and manifest in the same basic ways.

The risk factors for substance and behavioral addictions (including sex and porn addiction) are the same: most often a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Generally speaking, people are at risk when there is a history of addiction (any type) or mental illness (any type) in the family, and when they’ve experienced early-life or severe adult trauma. A lot of the time, at-risk individuals turn to alcohol, prescription medications, or illicit substances to self-medicate feelings of stress and other forms of emotional discomfort. Other at-risk individuals turn to an intensely pleasurable pattern of behavior (like using porn or acting out sexually). Either way, addiction is driven by the same underlying issues.

Task for Today
Ask yourself if it matters why you are addicted. Or is the fact that you’re addicted the most important thing for you to deal with.