5 Tips for Managing Your Health if Your Family Has a History of Addiction
True or false: If someone in your family has an addiction, you’re at a higher risk for one, too.
Answer: True. If someone in your family is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, it’s critical to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from developing one as well.
“The science is clear: (genetics) play a very real role in the development of alcohol or drug disorders. If you have any family members who currently have or have had alcohol or drug problems, you are likely to be at higher risk (for addiction). Additionally, some genes may make it more difficult for someone to quit once he or she starts using a drug,” says Dr. Deni Carise, Chief Scientific Officer at Recovery Centers of America.
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