Substance and Non Substance Related Addiction Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment

Substance and Non Substance Related Addiction Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment

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Substance and Non substance Related Addiction Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment is an accessible handbook about the two main types of addiction disorders. It is divided into three sections which ...
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Genetics of Addiction

Pp. 21-25 (5)

Imad Alsakaf and Subhash C. Bhatia

Abstract

Addictive disorders are complex diseases influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Heritability of these disorders is moderate to high. Genes that increase the risk of addiction to a substance actually increase the risk of addiction to other substances. This means it is mainly through broad externalizing pathways that genes increase the risk of addiction. The current level of our knowledge in genetics is less than enough to have clinical applications. Probably, in the near future, we will be able to provide our patients with individualized report about their susceptibility to addiction.

Keywords:

Environment, Genes, Genotype, Heritability, Phenotype, Risk, Susceptibility.

Affiliation:

Creighton University School of Medicine, 3528 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68131 USA.