Addiction can be found in every socio-economic group, culture, race, age, and gender. To know what makes someone more likely to become an addict, research and case studies show that we should look to the physiological and genetic makeup of individuals, as well as the experiences they have had. In addition to shedding light on the how and why behind when people become addicted, this information can also be extremely useful to clinical and medical professionals as they aid in developing and improving the treatment programs and support groups meant to fight addiction. Furthermore, if understood, this knowledge can create hope, offer the ability to truly empathize with addicts and their loved ones, and teach us how to possibly avoid or at least diminish potential addictions in ourselves, our family members, and others we love and cherish.
... to the risk of addiction.
89 genes link a person to drug abuse and dependence.
more likely to get drunk in a typical month.
more likely to have used marijuana.
more likely to have smoked cigarettes.
is eight times more likely to develop a drug or alcohol abuse problem.