Drug Abuse

Anyone can become a drug abuser. Drug abuse information indicates that all ethnicities, ages, social groups and genders can have drug abuse problems. Drug abuse is not a character flaw but rather a medical condition that has developed over time. While no one knows why one person becomes a drug abuser while another doesn’t, drug abuse does tend to run in families.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates the following risk factors for developing drug abuse problems (typically seen in adolescence):2

  • Unstable home environment, often due to drug abuse or mental illness of the parent
  • Poor relationship with parents
  • Inadequate supervision over adolescent’s activities
  • Use of drugs by friends / peers
  • Permissive attitude towards their own drug use and the drug use of the adolescent
  • Behavioral problems combined with poor parenting
  • Poor achievement in school
  • Apparent ambivalence or approval of drug use in the school, peer group or community
  • Availability of drugs in the community, peer group or home

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Source : http://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/drug-addiction/what-is-drug-abuse-drug-abuse-information/

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