Are Genetics to Blame?

If a person's answer to their addiction is partly to blame on a family member's dependency, then that could just be a scapegoat as a denial of their own problem.

According to research information in an article, one's genetic makeup may not have anything to do with the tendency of a person to become addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Sources say that rehabilitation and treatment programs often claim that if, for example, your mother or father had an addiction then the tendency of the child to be dependent on a substance is increased. Researchers say they may have proof otherwise.

Officials believe it has more to do with the circle of friends and acquaintances in a person's life rather than the habits of their family members.

This could be explained in the fact that if you are around your parents a lot as you grow older and you pattern your habits off theirs. If they are an addict, then the case could be made that this is why you can't kick your own habit. It is not because of your genetic makeup, but rather your environment.

This is the same situation if a person has a lot of friends that do drugs, then the chances that they too will use drugs is increased.

A person's environment and people in their lives who they spend time with have much to do with their behaviors. It seems to be a sort of peer pressure at work. It may be a different type of pressure that a young teen would face, but virtually the same concept. People tend to model themselves like others around them.

If a person becomes addicted and cannot seem to get away from the substance that they are abusing, the best situation would be to remove themselves from their environment. This could be why treatment programs are successful. If one commits to a program for an extended time, then they are forced to be out of the dangerous environment.

As in so many cases, having an understanding of your environment and the effects it has on a person could make all the difference in the choices you make.

Posted on June 22nd, 2012

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