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A 22-year-old member asked:

can a person be too young to have problems with drug addiction and alcoholism?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Yes if they cannot feed themselves like babies and toddlers. Addiction need ability to access the substance and compulsion/cravings that cannot be controlled so starts at the level of middle school and becomes a problem then on.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: If they are physically dependent on adults.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics 41 years experience
Anyone can be addict: Unfortunately, even newborns can be addicted to their birth mother's drug habits.Of course, it is not the innocent baby's or child's choice to become addicted;it is the choice of the addicted caregiver-parent. But, they still can be addicted and in need of expert pedicatric-neonatal intensive care.Usually social workers--child/youth services coordinate a foster care home, hoping the family=o-k.
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 13 years experience
Early Alcoholism: Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery. Part of the concern is that younger drinkers' (i.e. - preteens or adolescents) brain development is stunted by substance use. A second concern is that young people who abuse alcohol learn to depend on it in social situations, etc. That they are still learning to navigate.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Not a lot different: Clearly different substances can have different effects or intoxicated states or damage the body in different ways. However to get better from any substance problem be it alcohol or Cocaine much of the same treatment in employed, at the end of the day people with substance abuse problems need to learn how to cope with life or they relapse on their drug of choice. Rehabs accept all comers.
A 39-year-old member asked:

So what are your thoughts on alcoholism and drug addiction, are they diseases?

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Dr. Loon-tzian Lo
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes.: Yes, both alcohol dependence and drug dependence are brain diseases.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

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Dr. Cynthia Rector
Psychiatry 29 years experience
The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference.

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