Who doesn’t look forward to celebrating their birthday? After all, this is the one day of the year that commemorates the day you were brought into this world, a makeshift holiday just for you. Throughout the centuries, though, scholars and mystics have held birthdays in a different light, though. Some of you may be familiar with pastimes like fortunetelling and zodiac signs and how certain numbers and symbols represent a part of your soul. For as long as humanity has existed, birthdays have served as focal point, a moment in time that represents your chemical and spiritual makeup. However, from a scientific perspective, the day you were born may hold another strange significance. Let’s take a closer look at the bizarre connection between substance use disorders and your birthday.
As strange as it may sound to hear scientists talking about how a month matches a personality (in the same manner as an astrology lover), the fact of the matter is that researchers have developed a theory about how seasons and days may predetermine our attraction or dependency on drugs and booze. If you were born in October, do you have a higher chance of becoming an alcoholic? Does “what’s your sign” hold more meaning than we thought?
As part of one study, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst assessed 40,000 participants to determine if the season in which they were born could predetermine beliefs or practices centering around alcohol and drugs. Dr. David Newlin ultimately concluded that 10% of men who are programmed (in a sense) to develop alcohol dependency will be born within the last four months of the year (e.g. winter). Fascinatingly, the same readings held true for female participants.
Where Did This Come from?
Essentially, there is some interesting scientific data to back this theory. Dr. Newlin explains how hormonal fluctuations and additional factors (including temperature changes outside the womb) may impact the development of the baby. Although seasonal effects are extremely small, the genetic predisposition still remains a major factor.
You may not view the zodiac cards the same way again.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
As much as we do not like to admit it, drug addiction and alcoholism are not going anywhere anytime soon, but the good news is that you can easily find a way to overcome these illnesses. Even for the people who have formed a seemingly incurable attachment to dangerous stimulants or opioids, recovery is easy to complete (with the right tools and a little bit of courage).
If you, a friend, or loved one is suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these substances. The time to take back control of your life is now.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn about how you can overcome your attachment to drugs today.