Experimentation Versus Chemical Dependency: Influencing Factors

October 11, 2013|News|

by Teresa A. McMahon, LCSW, MBA, LCADC "Love Cannot Stop It", "Suburbia’s Deadly Secret", "The Grim Life of Suburban Addicts", "Heroin Use is Epidemic": these heart-grabbing headlines have been emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers in recent months. How does seemingly innocent experimentation so often lead young people to addiction, and what roadblocks are stopping us as a society from fighting this pandemic? Why will one young person experiment with alcohol or some other substance and develop a dependency, while another does not? This question is being studied by scientists and substance abuse practitioners everywhere in the developed world. [...]