Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Sedative Abuse Underlying Cause

The cause of drug abuse is not known. However, those who abuse drugs seem to be searching for something that will provide pleasure or happiness. The drug makes them feel good in some way.

Personality traits of those who abuse drugs include:

Unfortunately, drug abuse usually starts in teenagers, who have poor self-esteem and are sensitive to peer pressure.

Social factors in teenagers who abuse drugs include:
  • Alcohol abuse in the family
  • Drug use in the family
  • Exposure to violence
  • Lack of family support
  • Poor scholastic performance
  • Victim of abuse

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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