Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society: Elaborating on Key Points.   We are living through a historical period defined by uncertainty, which is having a profound impact on our mental health. Research shows that – on average, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental health condition globally,…

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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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Risk Factors for Addiction

Why do some people smoke, drink and use drugs without developing dependence, while others seem to become addicted at the drop of a hat? It is a puzzle with no simple answers. However, there are certain factors that increase the probability that a person will become addicted.

  • Genetics play an important role; addiction is more common in some families. Studies indicate that a person with a blood relative who is addicted is two to four more times more likely to become addicted or substance-dependent. However, vulnerability varies and it is important to remember that not all children with an addicted family member will become addicted themselves.
  • Family behavior also impacts the risk of addiction. For example, people who were abused or neglected as children have a higher likelihood of becoming dependent or addicted because they tend to use substances as a coping mechanism. If they do not become addicted, they might suffer from co-dependency or trauma, the aftermath of childhood abuse is called "adverse childhood experiences" and is nowadays acknowledged and its impact can be measured and treated.
  • People who go through life with deep family attachments are less likely to develop an addiction.
  • According to Harvard Medical School, men are twice as likely as women to develop dependence. However, all is not rosy for women, as females tend to become addicted more quickly, and to experience social and medical consequences faster than their male counterparts.
  • Research has shown that people who use addictive substances at a young age are more likely to become addicted, and the younger the user, the higher the opportunity for addiction. People who don’t use until after age 21 are less likely to become addicted. Peer pressure is often the reason for early use of drugs and alcohol.
  • The risk of addiction depends largely on the substance. Some drugs, including cocaineheroin and methamphetamine, are so addictive that for some people, even a single use can result in addiction.
  • People with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), PTSD (Post Traumatic Shock Disorder), and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) are more likely to develop an addiction. This is largely because, understandably,  people tend to self-medicate to make themselves feel better.

If you or a loved one is concerned about substance abuse or dependence on drugs or alcohol, speak with a physician or a qualified therapist, or get in touch with us. We will help you deal with your addiction in a caring, professional manner that sets you on the path to a new, satisfying life. You are not alone in this.

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