Can only younger people develop addictions?

Dr. Timothy W. Fong, MD

Addiction is a developmental disease. It starts early in life. If you don't develop an addiction by age 18, you're probably not going to develop one later on in life. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t develop an addiction. Addiction in men and women over age 55 is often much more serious, much more profound and, in some ways, much more catastrophic because of their age.

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