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Why Do Some Develop Addictions to Certain Prescribed Drugs, and Some Do Not?

Each person, as an individual, has certain characteristics that make him or her unique. Scientists and doctors do not really know why some people are more likely to decide to take certain prescribed medications, and why some do not. And further, no single theory can explain why a certain small proportion of people who begin taking a prescribed medication become addicted—all that is known is that some people can successfully take a prescribed drug (like Oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco), or any other opioid for legitimate pain; tranquilizers (barbiturates, benzos, Neurontin); uppers (stimulants), downers, anti-depressants, or inhalants) through the course of a typical prescription, stop, and then never take it again unless legitimately needed again, while others can take one of these prescribed drugs and then feel a need to never again stop taking it. These exceptional people are likely different due to predispositions and traits dictated purely by genetics, and also due to certain regularities (or irregularities) in their environments.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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