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Can a person be too young to have an addiction problem?

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

One can be born with an addiction problem, depending on the mother's choices during pregnancy.

In brief: No

One can be born with an addiction problem, depending on the mother's choices during pregnancy.
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Addiction is the body's physical need for a chemical/substance.
This need has been seen in newborns and even the fetus in the mother's womb. This addiction problem, however, is the "physical" addiction, not the "psychological" addiction. To develop a psychologic addiction, one must have greater brain function; the "want" vs. The "need.".

In brief: No

Addiction is the body's physical need for a chemical/substance.
This need has been seen in newborns and even the fetus in the mother's womb. This addiction problem, however, is the "physical" addiction, not the "psychological" addiction. To develop a psychologic addiction, one must have greater brain function; the "want" vs. The "need.".
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Yes

The brain in its young years has more neuroplasticity therefore easily altered.
Chemical dependency starting at a young age also is commonly associated with factors such as bipolar disorder, genetics ie alcohol and opioids , sexual abuse depression all contribute greatly to the disease of addiction.

In brief: Yes

The brain in its young years has more neuroplasticity therefore easily altered.
Chemical dependency starting at a young age also is commonly associated with factors such as bipolar disorder, genetics ie alcohol and opioids , sexual abuse depression all contribute greatly to the disease of addiction.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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