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What is the role of genetics in addiction?

What is the role of genetics in addiction?

Partial: There is a familial component, but addiction is a very complex process. Many children of addicts emerge without addictions. Nevertheless, because risk is increased, people whose family members have struggled with addiction should regard all substances, including alcohol and tobacco, with caution, practice abstinence or moderation, and seek prompt help for any concerns about over-use or dependence. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Are strange addictions related to genetics?

Are strange addictions related to genetics?

Addiction ; Genetics: Not sure what you mean by strange. I guess all addictions are strange in their own way. Addiction is strongly genetically influenced. As with anything genetic, each individual may or may not get the trait, depending on relative contributions from each parent and their side of the family tree. ...Read more

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Why is it that I have managed to get myself addicted to every single drug I've tried? Is addiction genetic?

Why is it that I have managed to get myself addicted to every single drug I've tried? Is addiction genetic?

Yes Addiction: tends to run in families. Women whose mothers are alcoholics are 50% more likely to become alcoholics or marry an alcoholic. Sons of alcoholic fathers have similar chances of developing the disease. It is assumed that some of this is due to hereditary issues; some is learned behavior. It is better to avoid alcohol and drugs as much as possible if the disease runs in the family. ...Read more

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How are genetics inovlved with nicotine addiction?

How are genetics inovlved with nicotine addiction?

Some involvement: There are a group of genes that have been shown to predispose people to be more likely to develop nicotine addiction if they choose to smoke, and the absence of all these genes appears to be more likely in those who are able to "chip" occasionally - smoke a cigarette here and there "socially," - and yet not get addicted. For most people, 7 cigarettes in life will predict tobacco dependency. ...Read more

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Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Unfortunately, yes: Family history is an iimportant risk for developing drug and alcohol addiction. There is something about the brain that one is given, that makes one more susceptible to taking drugs or alcohol.....And those people who are vulnerable, get something extra, that most others do not get from taking drugs or alcohol, which unfortunately encourages the person to take more and more, leading to problems. ...Read more

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What role do genetics play in addictions, especially alcoholism?

A strong role: Alcoholism runs in families- if you have a first-degree relative who is an alcohol dependent, you have 3 to 4 times increased risk of becoming alcohol dependent. Genetics are figured to account for roughly 50% of your risk of developing alcohol dependence. Similar relationships exist for other substances; initiation is situational, but whether that becomes an addiction depends on one's genetics. ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...Read more

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Is addiction hereditary?

Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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How is addiction a disease?

Impossible: To teach all here . With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more