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Although many healthy people may have a genetic predisposition to become a drug addict or an alcoholic, studies have frequently shown that behavioral traits play a huge role in shaping future practices. On that note, what kind of child do you think will become an addict: an outgoing extrovert who loves to play and socialize or an introvert who is lacking in emotional responses? If you guessed the second version, then you are 100% correct. While we are quick to assume that outgoing people are more likely to drink than quiet people, this fact may be far from the truth. According to researchers, young boys who are socially impeded may have a particularly high risk for developing substance use disorders later in life. Let’s take a closer look and find out some more.

Spreading Like a Virus

While the use of addictive substances among boys has generally boosted over time, a recent study has strongly indicated that boys who lack social skills have a higher risk of developing a SUD (substance use disorder) than healthy boys. As part of a recent study, Dr. Kevin Tan (a social work professor at the University of Illinois and main investigator) and his team assessed a group of 2,600 boys in middle-school and, from the 6th grade fall term to the 8th grade spring term, analyzed the boys’ behavioral and social patterns (including skills development and anxiety).

Lacking in Four Critical Areas

Based on Dr. Tan’s study, boys who suffered from significant weaknesses in the four critical domains (learning, conduct, anxiety, and social skills) had a higher risk of developing aggressive behavior and suffering from a substance use disorder. (In contrast, boys who scored well on all four sectors had a lower chance of developing both problems.) Based on the study, however, weaknesses in three of the domains could also lead to problems down the road. For example, boys who have excellent social skills but have poor conduct, severe anxiety, and poor learning capabilities may also develop substance problems later in life.

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, or Addiction    

Always remember that alcohol and drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse, drug abuse, or addiction troubles today.