Interesting, never thought about it Until someone asked: Is & Can Drug Addiction be Hereditary?
Until someone asked me just recently, I’d never thought about the possibility that someone may end-up a drug addict only because someone in their family line was once addicted to drugs. Is this possible from the scientific point of view and from experience?
How often is this likely to happen, and is there any escape route to ensure I do not get affected – in case I got to learn that someone in my past family life had a drug abuse problem? How Can I do that? Thanks for your insights!
~ Best regards, Fred.
YES ! Very much so. Addictions and mental health problems are extremely hereditary. Nobody can escape that. It is a fact. You can just look at studies and statistics. If a member of your family carries the gene, chances are that you carry the gene too. Actually, it usually jumps a generation. If you don’t carry it, big chances are your kids will carry it. It is a fact of life and it is not your fault. It is just the way it is and there is no escaping it.
Like I said in other posts, only being educated on the disease, prevention and treatment will save us.
I hope it helps…
I’ve actually witnessed this in many family lines. Study, science and statistics based on several researches as Olivier stated confirm that addiction is very much hereditary. I’ve seen sons following in the footsteps of fathers and grand patents, and unless someone works so had on themselves, the habit always catches up with them. Treatment must be a priority!
Thank you everyone for your opinions. Just took time to read a few more journals on the subject to confirm your answers. Turns out you are both 100% right, Addiction can be inherited! This gives me a new perspective on people who suffer addiction, its not always their fault!! So why the Stigma?????