Why Doesn’t Everyone Become Addicted?

  • Vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person; there is no single factor
  • Abuse and addiction depends on both biological and environmental factors
    • Biological factors include genetics, which is estimated to account for between 40% to 60 % of a person’s vulnerability to addiction
  • A number of other factors are involved, including parenting styles, family functioning, accessibility to substances, academic achievement and peer and community influences