For years researchers have been studying the impact that genetics has on addiction. While there have been no concrete conclusions about the correlation between genetics and addiction, genetics may play a role not only in addiction but in some of the other factors that contribute to addiction, such as depression.
Genetics and Depression
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several factors that can contribute to depression, including the following:
- Biological differences as demonstrated by physical changes in the brain
- Neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemicals
- Changes in the body’s balance of hormones
- Inherited traits
- Major life events, such as the death or loss of a loved one, financial problems, and high stress
- Traumatic events
Addiction Recovery Factors
If you have a family history of substance abuse, do not allow the concept of genetics to discourage your efforts in addiction recovery. To ensure that you get the greatest amount of focused support for your addiction recovery, you may want to consider a quality inpatient addiction treatment program.
In addition to medically-supervised detox, these programs offer individual and group counseling, relapse prevention training, life skills training, and other services that can help you establish a balanced life that can support your recovery.
There are several factors that comprise a lifestyle that can support recovery, including the following:
- Relationships – People who are successful in recovery have healthy and constructive friendships, solid, open communication with their family members, and a romantic relationships.
- Self-care – Living a life that has healthy and regular nutrition, regular exercise, consistent sleep patterns, positive personal hygiene and the absence of smoking or alcohol contributes to a person’s ability to maintain recovery.
- Support – Participating in mutual-help meetings, developing a sober network of relationships, and adhering to a relapse prevention plan increase a person’s success in recovery.
- Mental Health – Getting ongoing therapy to strengthen your coping skills and your ability to respond to evolving issues provides a solid foundation upon which you can maintain your recovery.
- Work/School – Putting effort into your job, volunteer work, or school work, along with effectively managing your time, gives you the structure to adhere to your recovery plan.
- Spirituality – Whether you rely on conventional religious practices or seek spirituality through meditation or prayer, you are adding to your arsenal to fight relapse when you add a spiritual relationship to your recovery plan.