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Is Inhalant Addiction Hereditary?
Peer pressure and other external factors are among the most significant reasons that young people begin to experiment with inhalants. These factors are mostly a product of environment and don’t necessarily coincide with a family history of substance abuse. However, studies have shown that family history does play a role in increased risk of substance abuse and susceptibility to addictive behavior.
Some of the correlation between family history and inhalant abuse may be environmental. Young people who grow up in a home context in which substance abuse is the norm are more likely to abuse substances themselves. Studies have suggested a genetic predisposition toward dependence, however. This increased risk of addiction seems to be inherited.
Inhalant abusers also more often come from families in which deeper psychological tendencies such as impulsivity, risk-taking, and rule-breaking behavior are prevalent.
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