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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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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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What role do genetics play in addictions, especially alcoholism?

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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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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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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I have been a masturbation addict for 7 years. Now, the addiction is strong that i started bunking classes to masturbate. Please, i need help ...

Sex therapist: I recommend that you get into therapy with a sex therapist. Medications may also be helpful to cut down your libido. You could meet with a psychiatrist to address those options. Here is the se ex therapist website: www.Aasect.Org/directory.Asp. ...Read more

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What to do if I have strong addictions to both and regulary swap between the 2. which one is better for my long term well being?

What to do if I have strong addictions to both and regulary swap between the 2. which one is better for my long term well being?

Don't understand ?: without knowing what the "both" is that you are addicted to. Sometimes choosing between addictions is like saying-"would I rather shoot myself in the head with a 38 caliber or a 45 caliber gun?" Well, statistically, maybe the 38 is better, but the likelihood is that either of them can do you in. Re-ask your question stating what your addictions/dependencies are. ...Read more

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Opaite.Addiction /sedative medicines. How can I get help to refrain from not using. My cravings are very strong. Can the doctors prescribe something?

Opaite.Addiction /sedative medicines.  How can I get help to refrain from not using. My cravings are very strong.  Can the doctors prescribe something?

See pain specialist: It seems that you are dependent on two classes of medications, and the combined effects if at too high a dose, could be very dangerous. Yes, physicians who specialize in pain management, such as physiatrists or anesthesiologists, can help substantially, and relieve your urges. You might seek help locally at Univ of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. ...Read more

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If type i diabetes has a strong genetic link, then why is the positive family history not as strong (only around 10%)?

If type i diabetes has a strong genetic link, then why is the positive family history not as strong (only around 10%)?

More with type 2: Actually, type 2 diabetes has a stronger genetic link than type 1, which is more autoimmune/viral mediated. People often assume that type 1 is the "more severe" diabetes and "more genetic". Not true. Both can be severe in terms of complications. ...Read more

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Maternal and paternal gma had breast cancer, fathers sister was just diagnosed. Strong enough history to warrant U/S or genetic test? I'm 25 and s. Asian

Maternal and paternal gma had breast cancer,  fathers sister was just diagnosed. Strong enough history to warrant U/S or genetic test? I'm 25 and s. Asian

YES, definitely for: Genetic testing, not only for you but have it recomended for all females (siblings/cousins/aunts/nieces) of your family. BEst check with your PCP as to specifically should get it. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Are there any strong painkillers that aren't addictive & don't constipate you ?

No: Pain relievers usually refer to opioid medications - morphine like. Unfortunately not. The stronger the pain killer, usually the more addictive. There are however many adjuvant pain relievers - such as antidepressants and anticonvulsants that can reduce pain due to certain conditions and are not addictive. Pls see your doc. ...Read more

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I was prescribed hydrocodone but i'm afraid of getting addicted. Is hydrocodone as addictive/strong as heroin?

Addiction: Heroin is the most addictive opiate. Heroin was used for pain management, but it's addictive property led scientists to make hydrocodone. It is unlikely for a patient to be an addict with acute treatment. ...Read more

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What is a effective pain medicine thats not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

What is a effective pain medicine thats not addictive for a bc patient that sumttimes still have severe episodes sumtimes from the strong chemo taken?

Md consult: Your doctor would decide medication for you- if you have chemo i would not worry about addiction issues. The latest pain patch i'n market is butrens and there are lots of combination pills with opioid and a blocker. ...Read more

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Awful migraines while pregnant. What is safe and very strong pain killer I can take for accute attacks. I'm not addictive&try to refrain from med  ?

Awful migraines while pregnant. What is safe and very strong pain killer I can take for accute attacks. I'm not addictive&try to refrain from med  ?

Pregnancy migraines: The best migraine medications, tryptans like Imitrex (sumatriptan) etc., should not be used in pregnancy. For severe headaches, short treatments with balbutalal (fioricet) is safe and may be beneficial. ...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