Substance Abuse Counseling Certification Blog on Addiction and Heredity

Addiction is a disease.  Some substances are more naturally addictive, while others are more prone genetically to certain substances.  Some individuals may exhibit substance abuse but never become addicted, while others due to family tree genetics, may experience addiction very easily to certain substances.  It is important to always avoid dangerous substances but also be careful with legal substances that can become addictive.  This involves temperance but also knowing one’s family history with addiction.  Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification

Is part of addiction a heredity and genetic thing? Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification


The article, “Is Addiction Hereditary?”from Cleveland Clinic healthessentials takes a closer look at heredity and addiction.  The article states,

“The genetic connection to addiction comes through inherited levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter made in your brain. Think of dopamine as your brain’s reward center. Basically, it acts as a “feel-good” hormone. High levels of dopamine can fuel poor impulse control and tilt someone toward addictive behaviors.  “Now, that doesn’t mean that if you have the genes, or if you have family members that have struggled with addiction, that you’re going to develop an addiction”, explains Dr. Anand. “It just means you’re more prone to it.” In other words, genetics indicate a predisposition — not a destiny.”

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