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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are the risk factors for substance abuse?

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Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Risk factors: Male gender, family history of substance use especially in a parent or sibling, personal history of mental illness especially if untreated, personal history of stressors such as loss of employment, etc. Other risk factors may depend upon specific substances. If you are concerned about substance use issues, please seek help with a mental health professional for an evaluation.

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Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
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No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, i've not seen any problems, even with marijuana.

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