There appears to be no one explanation for this. In my own professional and personal experience I see the one factor that links all addicts is the emptiness that they try to fill with drink or drugs (or indeed any addictive substance, behaviour or process). Very often drug addicts or alcoholics will have some childhood recollection of feeling “empty”. Their perception of the love and care they were shown by their primary carer will often be that it never felt enough. So from a very early age they would probably try and recreate the warmth and love they perhaps experienced in the womb. This could be in the form of a dummy, thumb sucking etc. It may go onto obsessive friendships, hobbies, tidying, number counting etc. Social influences may then come into play and drug taking or alcohol could be the next stage in the progress of the addiction. There may have been excessive perfectionism or studying/work before the drugs and alcohol. I do fundamentally believe that it is in the neurological make-up of the person and, therefore, is innate from birth. The “drug of choice” or path of the addiction will be influenced biologically, psychologically, socially, genetically and spiritually.
In conclusion there is, perhaps, no definitive answer and all we can do as professionals is offer the best treatment possible when an individual realises they do have a problem and we can offer awareness/education in the early years to perhaps help an individual recognise a potential problem arising.
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