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Why Addiction Is a Hereditary Disease

Why Addiction Is a Hereditary Disease

Consider this situation: a pair of parents who have never consumed alcohol or drugs in their entire lives have several children, and one turns out to be a hardcore drug and alcohol user. So, why did two seemingly healthy parents who raised their children in a strict, loving, and educationally-rich environment produce a child who became an addict? Didn’t they provide the right living conditions for their offspring? Needless to say, this example is one of several examples of evidence proving that addiction is, at least partially, a hereditary sickness. Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.

Playing the Game of Chance

Much like parenthood, addiction is a shake of the dice. The only way you can know if you are strong enough to withstand drugs or alcohol, or weak enough to give in, is to take that first drink or pop that first pain pill. Just because parents are alcohol and/or drug abusers doesn’t necessarily guarantee that their children will turn out to be the same kind of people, although it is a big risk factor. In many cases, perfectly healthy parents can produce an addict due to someone else in the family tree having an addiction, often a close relative, like a grandparent or an aunt or uncle.

Addictive Personalities

Needless to say, your genetic makeup doesn’t necessarily mean you are “destined” to become a drug abuser or addict. Many healthy, non-addict children grow up in turbulent households, while many addict children, as we saw before, grow up in cushioned, safe households. Nevertheless, children of addicts can still suffer from severe behavioral problems and develop obsessive behavior down the road, which can lead to substance abuse.

Nevertheless, genetics still play a huge factor in the onset of this mental illness.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism   

Alcoholism and drug addiction are dangerous sicknesses that should never be taken lightly. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more. 

Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In both cases, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you are seeking more information 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 how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.


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