the Biopsychosocial Model of Health

The Biopsychosocial Model of Health: Explaining Your Addiction

Today I’m writing about the biopsychosocial model of health. It’s basically is a way of explaining how and why you got to the point of being addicted. I personally constantly ask myself how I got addicted and why it happened to me and not someone else. It’s really hard find the exact reason why you got addicted but the biopsychosocial model gives somewhat of an answer. I think someone will drive themselves crazy asking themselves why me, why me, why me? All day long. Sometimes it’s better to just deal with your problem rather than questioning it all the time.

Why You Got Addicted and Explaining The Biopsychosocial Model of Health


the Biopsychosocial Model of Health

This refers to your genetics. It says that if your family has a history of addiction it accounts for 40 to 60% of your vulnerability of becoming addicted according to the genotype/phenotype and stress-diathesis models. Also, when you have substance abuse problems it affects your brain and actually can change it. Certain people have a higher tolerance than others because they have different biological reactions to substance abuse ie. your body may react in a different way. Some people also abuse substances because they have chronic pain or illness.

Why You Started Abusing Substances and How Drugs Affect You Psychologically:

First of all I would like to say that people with depression and anxiety tend to be more vulnerable to becoming addicted to substances. On the other hand, you may acquire a mental illness which is drug induced such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

You may have started using because you generally have trouble controlling your impulses. Drugs and alcohol may also cause you to have difficulty controlling your impulses. If you want to do something that’s not right or healthy for you, you probably won’t think twice and act on it. You may also have difficulty controlling your intense emotions such as anger, fear and sadness. There is also a risk of your personality changing as well as your temperament because of your addiction to substance. You may also perceive the world differently than you once did, basically your perception might change.

Another reason you may have been vulnerable to addiction is because of low self-esteem/self-worth. It could have started during a difficult time in your life. Some people also become addicted because they feel the need to rebel against something or someone. I think one reason why I used was to rebel against my parents and society itself. In our day and age people also have that strong need to have some sort of instant gratification, I know I do. It is also known that teens are more susceptible to becoming addicted.

Social and Environmental Factors

Addiction may also be related to your peer relationships. Growing up I had a lot of friends that would use drugs and alcohol and I eventually got in to it too. It’s a little something called peer pressure. It could also be because your co-workers at work are using, especially during big social events. Most people want to fit in at work and drinking is very socially acceptable. They fear that if they don’t drink at these social events that co-workers and even bosses might look down on them. If your family members are regularly using it will affect you too. You might see it as the “normal” thing to do. Culture also plays a big role.

People who are involved in criminal activity have a tendency to use more than people who aren’t. Another reason is the media. The media portrays drinking as cool and fun. Commercials for alcohol appear frequently on TV and in movies. These forms of entertainment can have a strong influence especially on younger crowds. Social and environmental factors are all symbiotic to the person.

Spiritual Factors

It is the essence of our spirit and the evolution of our identity which influence us spiritually. At times, your capacity to make moral decisions based on your free will may be at “flawed”. This is related to your morals and beliefs part of spirituality. You could also fall victim to addiction because you’re searching for a purpose and meaning in this world. You might also have a greater need for connection and interdependence.



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