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Is Your Family History A Guide To Treatment?

/One size does not fit all when it comes to alcohol and addiction treatment. You are an individual, and the treatment model that works for you will be based on your unique characteristics and experiences. Addiction counselors and clinicians are learning; however, that a look into your family history can provide valuable clues to the factors influencing your addiction.

Recognizing Genetic Influence

New research has revealed that inherited genetic traits may play a significant role in alcohol and drug addiction.

1. Although a predisposition to alcoholism in families has long been recognized, no specific genetic link has yet been identified. We do know, however, that children of alcoholics are four times more likely to develop alcoholism.
2. Some addicts being treated with methadone carry a genetic variation that metabolizes the drug more slowly, leading to potential overdose.
3. Mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are linked to genetics, and often co-occur with substance use. Knowing the family history of such disorders can lead to effective dual diagnosis and treatment.

Identifying Social and Environmental Factors

Family interaction, trauma, abuse, and emotional response are just some of the environmental factors that contribute significantly to the development of addictive behavior. Family members may also exhibit patterns of ineffective coping skills and emotional responses to stress, and these can give therapists key insights into how you deal with people and uncomfortable situations in your life. This knowledge can help them focus your recovery therapy on those areas most important to you.

Your Addiction, Your Recovery

Has your struggle with addiction left you wondering why this has happened to you? Sometimes finding the answer to this question is the key to unlocking recovery. At Red Oak Recovery®, you’ll find an individualized, young adult treatment model that recognizes this fact. Let our seasoned clinicians help you understand and overcome the physical, mental, and familial dynamics that have contributed to your addiction. Call 866.457.7426 to begin your recovery journey today!