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These factors increase the likelihood of your having an addiction to a legal or illegal drug:

  • Personality: Children who exhibit aggression, a lack of self control, and a difficult temperament may be at a greater risk of drug addiction
  • Social environment: Particularly for young people, peer pressure is a strong factor in starting to use and abuse drugs. A lack of attachment with parents may increase the risk of addiction
  • Anxiety, depression and loneliness: Using drugs can become a way of coping with these painful psychological feelings
  • Genetics: If you have family members with alcohol or drug problems, you’re at a greater risk of developing a drug addiction
  • Type of drug: Some drugs such as heroin and cocaine, more quickly result in physical addiction than do others