Why do some people become addicted to drugs, while others do not? - Opioid addiction, part 4
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about factors that can determine if a person will become addicted to drugs. It explains that drug addiction is a chronic disease, and risk of addiction can differ from person to person. It discusses risk factors that increase a person's chances of drug misuse and addiction, and protective factors that reduce these risks, identifying both environmental and biological factors that can affect risk of addiction. The document emphasizes the risk of addiction in young people because of potential damage to developing areas of the brain. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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