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.