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How do my past experiences and childhood affect my risk of addiction?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
The environment in which people grow up and their personal histories affect how likely they are to develop addiction. People who were abused or neglected as children, for example, have a higher risk of developing addiction than people who were nurtured as children. Similarly, people who have gone through traumatic events, such as rape or a natural disaster, are more prone to addiction than those who have been spared trauma.

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