What INCREASES the Risk?
  • Early age of first use
  • Feeling unloved by family, low mutual attachment by parents, ineffective parenting
  • Chaotic home environment
  • Poor social coping skills
  • Perceived external approval of drug use (peers, family, community)
  • Affiliation with deviant peers
  • Working at a job or having above-average disposable income
  • Past or current drug or alcohol problems within the family
  • Past or current family emotional or physical abuse, neglect, or mental health issues (especially depression)
  • Past or current sexual abuse
  • Diagnosis of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder  (ADHD,ADD)

KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY of mental health issues.  Depression, anxiety, addictive and compulsive behavior can have genetic components.

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