Factors Leading to Disorder

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.