There’s no doubt that addiction or chemical dependency and genetics are correlated; this knowledge is being backed by years of extensive research.
However, researchers don’t understand exactly how genetics influence addiction, but treatment continues to improve as more knowledge is gained about the complex interaction of genes, the brain and chemical dependency.
Chemical Dependency (CD) is a complex disease and genetics might in many cases be only one of many contributing factors:
- Researchers estimate that addiction might be 40 to 60 percent attributable to genetics. The other percentage is attributable to environment, personal experiences and other factors. CD is often the combination of substance, setting/social environment and personality traits.
- Everybody has the potential to become addicted to drugs, alcohol or destructive behaviors such as gambling or pornography.
- Women who grow up in an addictive family often develop a food addiction or dependence on prescription drugs.