Understanding Addiction: How Our Genes and Lives Shape Our Choices

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Join our hosts Jessica Reyes and Patricia Wu as they dive in a conversation on how our genetics and environment influence addictive behaviors. It’s a revealing discussion that offers new perspectives on treatment and prevention. Join us as we uncover the science behind cravings and addiction.

The Role of Epigenetics in Addiction

Dr. Bober introduces us to the concept of epigenetics, which involves the turning on and off of genes without altering the genetic code itself. This mechanism plays a pivotal role in addiction, influencing how genetic predispositions interact with environmental factors to trigger or inhibit addictive behaviors.

Genetics vs. Environment

The discussion makes it clear that while there is a strong genetic component to addiction, genetics do not predetermine destiny. Environmental factors, such as exposure to alcohol or drugs and personal choices, have a significant impact. Dr. Bober emphasizes the importance of understanding this interplay to better manage or prevent addiction.

The Impact of Trauma

A critical aspect of addiction that often goes unnoticed is the role of trauma. Dr. Bober points out that many individuals with addiction histories have experienced trauma, highlighting the need for recognition and treatment of these underlying issues as part of a comprehensive approach to addiction.

By exploring the roles of genetics, environment, and trauma, we gain valuable insights into how we can better address and treat this complex issue. Watch for more exploration about this topic.

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