Excerpt from Page 26 – “Why isn’t everyone who tries drugs addicted?”

Published August 27, 2016

HOOKED: A concise guide to the underlying mechanics of addiction and treatment for patients, families, and providers | Arwen Podesta, MD

Excerpt from Page 26 – “Why isn’t everyone who tries drugs addicted?”

We know that addiction is not a choice, but experimenting usually is a choice. There are many animals that seek intoxicants— some known examples are bison, bees, horses, monkeys, and wallabies. Wallabies are known to jump into poppy fields, flail around in circles, and continue to take in opioids and forego eating and even starve their babies. But not all wallabies do that. Even in a population of wallabies near poppy fields, most will not get so addicted to the poppy opioids that they hurt themselves and their families. But some do. This is the same with humans. It takes the perfect storm of genetics, epigenetics, environment, and drug use to cause the brain to become dependent or addicted.