A brief but comprehensive look at what we know about genetic predisposition for addiction. Plus, four (4) ways anyone can avoid drug or alcohol problems – even if it’s in your genes!
addiction and genetics
In How I Became My Father…A Drunk, Bill Brochert tells his transgenerational family story of alcoholism. More on why this book is a page-turner (and we recommend it for your recovery library) like few others. Our thoughts here.
Is alcoholism or drug addiction in your family history? Here is how your genetics – and a variety of social and environmental factors -can contribute to developing addictive behaviors. Simple explanations here.
A personal look into how drinking can be a learned behavior in family and social systems. With hope for a solution!
What are the risk factors for the development of alcoholism in some people? What can you do to avoid the risks and where can you go for help? We answer these and other questions, here.
Recent discoveries in cognitive neuroscience reinforce the “disease” model of addiction. We review the major tenants and scientific theories of the brain science behind addiction from David Linden’s new book, “The Compass of Pleasure” here.
Learn more about the four major reasons why people have different pain tolerances here. And how is low pain tolerance related to drug use?
Addiction is a complex and confusing disorder. Why do some people become addicted to substances or behaviors and others don’t? We try to explain why here.
Are some people more likely to become addicts than others? Can you predict addiction based on personality traits? More on the addictive personality here.
Is drug addiction simply a matter of chemical dependence? Rabbi Shais Taub helps us take a closer look at the biological model of drug addiction and understand why chemical dependency alone does not qualify as the way to define drug addiction.