8. Could I Become an Addict?
“Why me, Doc? Why am I the one hooked on drugs in my family? Why do I have all this trouble? Maybe I’m a bad seed...” Conversations like this can be common between drug users and their doctors. Understanding why someone is a drug user is a complex and important problem.
“Vulnerability”—Who Will Take Drugs?
Drug users are a diverse population of individuals, and drug abuse, in general, is a complex process. But, key questions are the following: What traits or characteristics do drug users share? Can we identify groups or individuals that will become addicts or are in danger of becoming addicts? It would be a great thing if we could, because then we could target these people for prevention and treatment. Targeting just ...