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Do substance abuse patients share any common traits?

Dr. Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
Geriatrics Nursing Specialist

They are more likely to have experienced adverse childhood events (ACEs) such as physical abuse, verbal abuse, abandonment, loss of a parent, etc. They are more likely to have lower levels of self-esteem and resilience. As well, they could have a blood relative who was also addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc. In their decision making ability, they are less likely to be able to identify a variety of responses to stressors, thereby choosing addiction as the preferred response.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Substance abuse patients share some common traits. Research indicates that patients with substance abuse problems were more likely to be unmarried and have lower incomes. They had substance abuse-related health problems such as hepatitis, liver disease and gastric disorders along with higher levels of depression, manic disorders and serious mental illness.

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