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Genetic Model Of Addiction
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Genetic/family and individual traits and factors make some people more prone to get addicted to particular substances. Get help with addictions. Call na/aa hotline or 1855detox-00 if you or someone you know needs help. Good luck. ...Read more
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
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