There is no one specific trigger, but there are many contributing factors and high risk behaviors that contribute to the addictions spectrum disorders.

  • Physiological Factors – Pre-natal substance use exposure, genetic predisposition, psycho-pharmacology of the substance being use, and the person’s body ability to tolerate the substance.
  • Psychological Factors – Stress/distress, anxiety, depression, and physical/psychological pain all increases one’s likelihood of using substances
  • Social – Exposure to substance use in one’s family, community, or even one’s job are possible contributing factors
  • Spiritual – Loss of purpose, hope, or struggling with the meaning of it all.

Joseph Troiani

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a character as they develop an addiction. What are the triggers? What is the background?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a personal experience with addiction.

Art Prompt: Addiction

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the contributing factors that lead to the development of an addiction and how they can spot the warning signs in their loved ones.

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