Why Do Some People Become Addicted And Others Don’t?

Risk FactorsWhy do some people become addicted to drugs, while others do not?

As with any other disease, vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person.  In general, the more risk factors an individual has, the greater the chance that taking drugs will lead to abuse and addiction.  “Protective” factors reduce a person’s risk of developing addiction.

What factors determine if a person will become addicted?

No single factor determines whether a person will become addicted to drugs.  The overall risk for addiction is impacted by the biological makeup of the individual – it can even be influenced by gender or ethnicity, his or her developmental stage and the surrounding social environments (e.g., conditions at home, at school and in the neighborhood).

Which biological factors increase risk of addiction?

Scientists estimate that genetic factors account for between 40 and 60 percent of a person’s vulnerability to addiction, including the effects of environment on gene expression and function.  Adolescents and individuals with mental disorders re at a greater risk of drug abuse and addiction than the general population.

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2 responses to “Why Do Some People Become Addicted And Others Don’t?”

  1. Adam says:

    My name is Adam & I found this amazing website & Coutney just after Christmas 2012 & I truly believe if I hadn’t , I’d be dead. Not only did she get me to a suboxone Doc within 24 hours me contacting her , but she has continued to be a supportive true friend to me. The only problem with this whole equation is that the state of CT refuses to help her in any way. Every day they give people her name, number ,& website info via the 211 help line ,& that’s the extent of there involvement. Courtney spends countless hours of her personal , unpaid time to try & help as many people as possible EVERY DAY!! So as much as this is a message giving praise to Courtney , it is also to ask the state of CT when the FUCK they are gonna do something about this epidemic. It’s hard to imagine any other reason for there insouciance other than the millions of dollars they make off enslaveing people to state & Govt run methadone clinics. Pretty sick huh??
    If anybody with the state has a conscience & the ability to do something about this please look inside yourself & do what you know needs to be done.

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    • Court says:

      Adam,

      You are one who speaks your mind, you also know what it is that I do because you have helped me and were able to see first hand how many people are reaching out for help, with great pride I can say that I have helped an amazing amount of people find a provider, something they were unable to do on their own.

      My services are not paid, but knowing that I may have saved lives and know that countless have gotten it back. It would be nice to have some financial assistance, people may donate to ctsuboxone.com and one person did. This site has been up for 2 almost 3 years, I have received ONE donation of $25.00 I cried in disbelief, it was not the amount it was the thought.

      My life is about helping others, it would be a lie if I said I wouldn’t appreciate something from the state, doctors, big companies.

      All people matter and everyone is worth it that is why I continue to give my all.

      Thank you for your words, your help. Sometime in the future I am hopeful we can get out there and help more, feed the poor, clothes you know what we have talked about, dreams do come true.

      Unselfish acts of kindness are very rare, I am simply just trying to keep it alive.

      Warm regards,
      Courtney

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