Do Addictions Run in Families?

Do Addictions Run in Families?

Many people who are battling addiction wonder if their genetic history played a role in their drug or alcohol use. Though your family history can increase your risk for addiction, there are so many other factors to consider.

At Klarity Clinic, our team of addiction specialists understand how difficult it can be to overcome addiction. We offer treatments like ketamine infusion therapy that not only address your initial recovery, but they also focus on your long-term recovery needs.

How your family background plays a role in addition

There are several studies done that specifically evaluate the role genetics play in addiction. These studies show that there is a relationship between your DNA and your risk factors for addiction.

For this reason, it isn’t uncommon to have one or more family members who struggle with the same addiction as you do. Your DNA can also contribute to difficulties you face trying to quit using drugs or drinking.

If you have family members who have an addiction, it’s important that you be mindful about your use of drugs and alcohol because of the increased risk factors you face. However, it isn’t only your family history that can influence your risks for addiction. Your environment plays a role, too.

Addiction and your environment

Your environment has a strong influence on what you do with your life. You may be at a higher risk for addiction if you:

If you grew up around others who abused alcohol or drugs, you may be more likely to develop an addiction, too. If you have an unstable family or living environment, are the victim of abuse or physical violence, or if you experience another type of trauma, you might be at a higher risk for addiction if you use drugs or alcohol to cope.

Overcoming addiction with ketamine and NAD+

At Klarity Clinic, we specialize in ketamine infusion therapy to treat addiction. Ketamine is a medication traditionally used as a surgical anesthetic. In lower doses, ketamine can relieve withdrawal symptoms of addiction and cravings for drugs or alcohol that interfere with your recovery.

We also offer infusions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), a coenzyme that’s already in your cells. NAD+ infusions can boost your energy levels and your mental clarity to enhance the benefits of ketamine therapy. Treatment can also repair DNA and boost your body’s production of stem cells to help your body recover from damage caused by addiction.

In addition to helping you achieve recovery from addiction, ketamine therapy can also treat underlying anxiety and depression that are common with addiction. We offer in-office infusions several times a week over a period of time that provide rapid relief of withdrawal symptoms and mental health side effects.

We also offer multivitamin infusions, including the popular Myers’ cocktail that contains essential vitamins and minerals to improve your overall health and further reduce the withdrawal effects of addiction.

If you need help detoxing from drug and alcohol addiction, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online, or call the Klarity Clinic office nearest to you today. 

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