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“The earlier the exposure to addictive
substances, the more the brain is affected
and the more likely the person will
become addicted,” he says.
Both experts agree the best form
of prevention is to raise children in a
supportive, nurturing environment
shielded from stressful events. “We need
to educate the population that negative
childhood experiences contribute
significantly to poor coping skills and can
cultivate a predisposition to addiction,”
Lim says. “Even well-meaning but overly
critical parents can lessen a child’s future
Says Sherren: “It’s never too early
to think about addiction prevention.
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