Factors Leading to Disorder
Disorder is not an inevitable consequence of substance
use. Whether an individual ever uses
narcotics or another substance, and whether that initial use progresses to a
substance use disorder of any severity, depends on several factors. These factors might include:
- A person’s genetic makeup and other individual biological factors.
- The age when substance use begins.
- Psychological factors related to a person’s unique history and personality.
- Environmental factors, such as the availability of drugs, family and peer dynamics, financial resources, cultural norms, exposure to stress, and access to social support.