Emotional stress plays a significant role in the development of an addictive behaviour. An addicted individual may abuse substances in the hope to blunt the psychological pain associated with emotional stress, depression, previous physical or sexual abuse, grief, PTSD, etc.
An individual is at much higher risk of becoming addicted to substances if they have a first degree relative that has also suffered from addiction
Men have twice the incidence of addiction than women
Lack of social supports and family can increase the risk of becoming addicted to substances