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how to know if some of us are prone to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Drug and alcohol : Addictions tend to have a strong hereditary component as well as a learned behavior. If you have grown up in a family that has a tendency to have drug and alcohol problems be cautious and pay attention to your drinking.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are some of us more prone than others to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Drug, alcohol addict: Some of us have adverse reaction to pain medications or alcohol use, while others find one or both extremely pleasurable, thus reinforcing continued and repeated use. These are due to differences in the chemistry of the brain, often a genetic effect. If others in your family have addictions, better to not try these substances, as risk an addiction!

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