Is Chemical Dependency Hereditary?

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Is Chemical Dependency Hereditary?

Mental Health Meridian | Addiction Therapy Meridian

Whether the problem is drugs or alcohol, addiction carries with it the potential to completely destroy a person's health and life. Addiction can truly strike any person at any time. However, some people are much more prone to addiction problems than others, and one major reason for this lies in genetics.

The Link Between Genetics and Addiction

A person's family and personal history plays an important role in the decision to begin using drugs and alcohol in the first place, especially if the person is constantly in an environment where these things are common. However, some people are fully capable of using alcohol or drugs only occasionally while others can become full-blown addicts in a short period of time.

The reason for these differences lies in genetics, as numerous studies have shown that at least 50 to 60 percent of addiction comes down to a genetic predisposition for it. The other 50 percent is generally due to a person having an overall poor ability to cope and thus turning towards drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Unfortunately, science has yet to uncover exactly why genetics plays such a strong factor in addiction. As of now, most evidence points to this genetic predisposition to addiction being caused by a number of different genetic and biological factors.

How to Handle Your Genetics

Still, the fact is that people with a family history of addiction are at a much greater risk of becoming addicts themselves. This makes it important that anyone who comes from a family with addiction problems takes steps to prevent themselves from falling into the same traps and continuing the cycle. Addiction is a slippery slope, which means you'll need to try to avoid any actions or activities that could potentially lead to you becoming addicted. This doesn't mean that you can never have a drink, but it does mean you should try to practice moderation.

The good news is that genes are not the only determining factor. This means that just because you come from a family of addicts, you're not necessarily destined to be an addict. Nonetheless, it is still important that you are aware of the increased risk. By doing so, you can hopefully avoid putting yourself into situations that increase this risk, and with any luck, be able to live a long, happy and healthy life free from addiction.

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