Is Addiction Genetic?

March 14, 2008

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Alcoholism and drug addiction appear to run in families, but is it really a genetic disease? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “addiction has a moderate to high heritable component.” This helps to explain why some people can abuse certain substances and quit relatively easily, while others go through addiction treatment programs multiple times and still relapse. Some people become addicted the first time they try a drug, but other people can be casual users. Read more

Misperceptions

March 13, 2008

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There are a lot of common misperceptions about drug addiction and the treatment of drug abusers. While everyone agrees in that drug use is bad the public associates the problems of most addicts with drugs. The war on drugs was the big push in the 80’s and 90’s. While that movement was beneficial, it was mostly beneficial in showing us that we were attacking the wrong portion of the problem. The majority of the problems when it comes to substance abuse result from the addiction not from the drug. Read more

Early Intervention is Best

March 12, 2008

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Family and friends often are not sure how to handle a loved ones’ addiction problem. The best time to encourage an individual to seek treatment for their drug and alcohol abuse is as soon as possible. The faster the person seeks addiction treatment, the easier and more effective it will be. Alcohol and drug addiction does not just go away or get better on its own. The recovery process requires work, preferably with the support of loved ones.

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