Lesson 1: Addiction is Learned - Slide 5

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Why Do People Drink Or Take Drugs In The First Place?

  • Individuals are influenced by the information they have about drugs and alcohol:
  • What people tell them about the effects they will experience
  • The setting in which they receive that information

In addition, their mental, emotional and physical state, personal needs and goals, family background and culture, and the ease of availability and affordability of drugs and alcohol influences their choices

  • All these factors played a part in your decision making
  • Your total environment was filled with cues to use or not to use

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