Addiction is not caused by a single factor. In fact, several factors collectively raise one’s risks. The following are factors that can raise one’s risk to addiction:

  • Access to addictive substances/behaviors
  • Family history of addiction
  • Stressful or traumatic life events
  • Psychological makeup
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aggressiveness
  • Impulsivity
  • Lack of information about harmful outcomes related to substance/behavior addictions
  • Mental health issues, such as depression, ADHD or anxiety

Co-Occurring Addiction

There is also a likelihood that individuals suffering from addictions may have a co-occurring mental health condition. It is also common to have co-occurring addictions such as:

  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Gambling
  • Video gaming
  • Eating disorders
  • Internet usage
  • Risky sexual behavior