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Is addiction hereditary?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
10 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

There is a combination of genes, environment and behavior influence a petson's addiction risk.

In brief: Sometimes

There is a combination of genes, environment and behavior influence a petson's addiction risk.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry

In brief: Heredity Plus

Heredity explains at most about 50% of addictive risk.
Rest of it is related to environmental factors (e.g., cultural acceptance of particular substances and their availability) and psychological factors (coping skills, interpersonal issues, history of trauma, etc).

In brief: Heredity Plus

Heredity explains at most about 50% of addictive risk.
Rest of it is related to environmental factors (e.g., cultural acceptance of particular substances and their availability) and psychological factors (coping skills, interpersonal issues, history of trauma, etc).
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