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How much more likely is the child of a drug addict to develop an addiction himself, even if he was adopted away as a baby?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
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In brief: There is a genetic

Component to most illnesses that we humans can get, and that component is substantial in addiction.
The child of an addict is 8 times more likely to develop an addiction that someone without an addicted parent. At the same time, the incidence of heroin dependence, for instance, is only 0.03%.

In brief: There is a genetic

Component to most illnesses that we humans can get, and that component is substantial in addiction.
The child of an addict is 8 times more likely to develop an addiction that someone without an addicted parent. At the same time, the incidence of heroin dependence, for instance, is only 0.03%.
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