Genetic Factors of Addiction

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Genetic Factors of Addiction

Addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) are extremely complex. So many different factors can play a role in addiction and it can be hard to separate those factors. Addiction can have strong physical, psychological, and social components. Additionally, genetic factors can influence your risk for SUD. If you have a family history of addiction, then you may be wondering how that could impact you. Let’s discuss the role that genetics can play in addiction and recovery.


Many people are aware of just how much genetics can impact many different areas of your life. Genetics can play a role in brain chemistry and formation. Genes can have a hand in your risk and protective factors when it comes to developing SUD. The intersection between genetics and addiction can be incredibly complex.


Though science has made great strides in both genetics and addiction, we still don’t fully understand the interplay between the two. However, it’s becoming clear that genetics can predispose someone to addiction. This doesn’t mean that someone with a family history of SUD will definitely become addicted. Rather, this suggests that individuals may be more likely to become addicted than someone without a genetic predisposition for SUD.

Next Steps

If you know that addiction runs in your family, you may be worried over your or a family member’s relationship with substance use. It’s extremely important to note that just because you have a family history of substance use doesn’t guarantee that you will have problems with it in the future. Fortunately, it’s completely possible to live a sober life, even if you have a predisposition.

If you have a family history of substance use, consider your relationship with substances and your risk factors. It’s most likely best for you to stay away from substances or hold yourself to moderation. If you’re currently struggling with substance use, there are many different treatment options available. Examining your options is a great way to get peace of mind and assurance that sobriety is possible. Your genetics don’t have to control you, and neither does substance use.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you may wonder how much of a role family history can play. At Avalon Malibu, we understand just how complex substance dependence can be. That’s why we provide a variety of treatment options and programs for those who are ready to live a sober life. If you’re curious about the services we offer, feel free to give us a call at  (844) 857-5992 and we’ll be happy to provide you with further information.

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