How Family History Affects Your Predisposition to Ritalin Addiction

How Family History Affects Your Predisposition to Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin is a prescription drug that has grown in popularity for some time – but not for purposes intended. Rather than being used as prescribed to treat the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, many people instead abuse Ritalin for its stimulant qualities. While it might seem that people choose to abuse Ritalin of their own free will, Ritalin addiction is often influenced by a user’s family history, including his or her genetic makeup or environment as a child.

Just as you might be able to tell if you are more likely to develop breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. through your family history, you can also determine your likelihood of developing an addiction to a drug such as Ritalin. For starters, addiction is a disease, which means that it is a genetic and chemical issue that naturally occurs. Therefore, if you come from a long line of addicts, there is a strong chance that if you begin experimenting with Ritalin, you will become addicted.

On the other hand, however, your predisposition to becoming addicted to Ritalin can be affected by the behaviors and actions of your family – not just the genes they pass down to you. For example, if you were raised in an abusive household or in an area where violence and crime were present, your life experiences might predispose you to want to experiment with a drug such as Ritalin. Also, a family history of poverty could create stress during childhood and serve as a factor in the development of a Ritalin addiction.

Ritalin is a highly addictive substance, and the best way to avoid becoming addicted is to never experiment with it at all. This might be easy for some, but if you are one of the many people who have a strong family history of addiction or unhealthy behaviors, you are much more likely to be inclined to use this drug. Should you find yourself addicted to Ritalin, reach out for help immediately. By receiving treatment, you can not only stop abusing Ritalin, but also learn how to prevent your addictive behaviors from flaring up in the future – as well as address contributing issues within your family.

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