Addicts are rarely just their addiction. There is always something else going on with that patient, or their past, that either set up, or contributes to, addiction.
At Decision Point Center, we know, and the research shows, that the factors listed below make any person more vulnerable to, and likely to develop, addiction; that is why we extensively assess for them:
Having been raised in a significantly dysfunctional family
Let’s talk about each of these and briefly illustrate how each one relates to addiction.
Mental illness covers a wide range of conditions from mood disorders (depression, bipolar) to psychotic disorders (schizophrenia). Some of these, especially psychotic disorders, are debilitating to both functioning and making sound decisions. Many addicts we see have become addicted while attempting to self-medicate a mental illness.