It has long been argued that substance abuse is a symptom of psychological distress, and that people get addicted as a means to overcome their emotional and mental duress. Thus addiction can be viewed as an attempt to relieve this stress. Could it be then that people with certain psychological imbalances are more prone to addiction?

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Renowned professor of psychiatry, Edward Khantzian who is known for propagating the self-medication hypothesis of drug abuse writes for The Fix on why some people are more vulnerable to addiction than others.

Why Are Some People More Vulnerable to Addiction than Others?

“I don’t use the heroin to get high; I use it to feel normal.”

Addiction Treatment pioneer Edward Khantzian has had a bird’s eye view of every substance use trend and drug epidemic over the past half-century. His Self-Medication Hypothesis, which encourages the view of addiction as an attempt, however unsuccessful or self-defeating, to relieve the user’s internal psychological distress, has demonstrated both empirical and intuitive validity over time. In his second piece for Professional Voices, Dr. Khantzian looks at the Q Ball phenomenon, in which people seek out and “misuse” the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel…Richard Juman. See full post

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