According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, up to 50% of your risk for drug or alcohol dependency is based on your unique genetic makeup. So is it true? Can addiction run in the family? Similar to environmental factors, your genetic disposition is considered to be another contributing factor that makes you more or less prone to addiction than other people.
In fact, experts believe that many mental illnesses, such as addiction, are linked to abnormalities in your genetic code. Exposing these genes to environmental factors such as stress, trauma, abuse or chemical substances sometimes triggers a mental illness in those who have inherited genetic susceptibility.
How Genetics Affect Your Risk of Addiction
Think about your relatives, starting with your immediate family members. Are any of them currently struggling with addiction? Has anyone had a problem with drugs, alcohol or other substances in the past? If so, you may be likely to experience addiction yourself.
But what if you don’t know your family medical history very well? Because of the strong negative stigma of addiction, families sometimes hide addictions or brush them off. While it may be difficult for your family members to discuss this sensitive topic with you, don’t give up. Understanding your family’s history with drug or alcohol dependency can offer valuable new insight into your personal struggle with substance abuse.
Your Genetics Don’t Define You
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