Is Addiction Hereditary?
What is Addiction?
According to Dictionary. com addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice. A substance or act that is psychologically or physically habit-forming; to such an extent that its cessation causes trauma.
Simply stated, addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests any substance deemed "addictive" or engages in an activity that causes the reward center of the brain to activate.
Addiction Comes In All Forms
Gambling, overeating, excessive exercise, and durg use to name a few.
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The Cycle of Addiction
Can I Become Addicted the First Time?
Not necessarily, you can but not usually; more often then not the addict enjoys the feeling associated with the substance. So the addict continues to abuse the substance simply because of the euphoric feeling they associated with it's first use.
As a person continues to use the substance or engage in the behavior their body starts to recognize the substance, and the "good" feelings associated with it; thus causing the physical, mental, and emotional addiction.
The pattern repeats itself until someone feels they are unable to live, or function without the substance or habit and that leads them to the root of addiction.
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Is Repetitive Use Responsible for Addiction ?
With repetitive use or engagement in addicting behaviors a persons behavior(s) often becomes impulsive and interferes with a his or her daily responsibilities. The addict feels the intense need within his or her body that they MUST use or partake in the addicting substance or activity in order to surivie and curb their bodies cravings for their addiction of choice.
Whether it be substance abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictive behaviors it's repetition that causes the "high" feelings associated with all addictions.
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Addictive Personalites and Risk Factors for Addiction
A person who exhibits addictive personality traits are more likely to become addicted to behaviors or drug use. Some of these personality traits include:
- Family history of addiction.
- Mental disorders.
- Surrounded by others engaging in the activity.
Dr. West: Addiction and Families
Is Addiction Hereditary?
The good old nature vs. nurture debate suggests that some of our traits are biologically inherited from our parents and others are learned from our environment. In theory a person should be "made up" of inherited traits combined with traits learned growing up in his or her environment.
Science has taken major steps towards proving that addiction and addictive personalities do run in families. Which suggests that addiction is hereditary in some aspect.
Addiction Both Heriditary and Enviromental
As human beings we are molded by every experience we have in life. So if we witness our loved ones engaging in a behavior we tend to accept this behavior as good or the right response to a given situation. It isn't until we mature and realize that not every behavior we ever witnessed is acceptable in society.
Addiction being categorized as a disease, makes it easy to say that just like diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer, etc. human beings are genetically prone to addiction.
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