Risk Factors for Addiction
Research has found that certain risk factors are present for the possible development of an addiction to methamphetamine. These risk factors include genetics, as well as a range of environmental and physical factors.
Genetics: Those in the medical field have concluded that addiction can be heritable. Those with a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, who has battled a substance abuse addiction appear to have a greater risk of developing an addiction themselves.
Environmental: Studies have found that individuals who were raised in or lived in chaotic environments in which substance abuse, neglect, crime, and violence were present, have an increased risk for developing a meth addiction.
Physical: Using meth for long periods of time can eventually diminish mental functioning, leaving users unable to make positive decisions and resist impulses. This in turn makes them incapable of abstaining from continued use of methamphetamine. When an individual has reached this state of altered brain chemistry caused by meth, they are at risk for developing a serious addiction.
Additional common risk factors for developing a methamphetamine addiction can also include the presence of pre-existing mental health issues, having easy access to meth, as well as peer pressure among friends to use.