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Addiction Runs in My Family — How Can I Stay Healthy?

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February 20, 2014 - LIVING A RICHER LIFE: with Physician and Author Dawn Obrecht, M.D.

THIS WEEK’S MESSAGE: Drugs and alcohol affect each person’s body differently, but estimates show that children of addicted parents are approximately four times more likely to develop a problematic relationship with substances compared to others. Indeed, heritability estimates of addiction-related genes range from 45 to 79%, and children of addicted parents are also more likely to have behavioral issues that increase the risk of trying drugs or alcohol. However, don’t let this information discourage you — your family history of addiction does not guarantee that you’ll have the same issue. Besides, even if you’ve inherited addiction-related genes, there are ways to stop substance abuse in its tracks.

Dawn V. Obrecht is an Author, MD Addictionist and Professor.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School Of Medicine and did an internship in general surgery and residency in emergency medicine. She has been the medical director of a chemical dependency unit and is a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Obrecht has published two book. Mission Possible: A Missionary Doctor's Journey of Healing (and From the Edge of the Cliff: Understanding the Two Phases of Recovery and Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be. In her second book, Who’s Your Higher Power, Dr. Obrecht focuses attention on a question of profound importance that has been surprisingly neglected in the addictions literature—how does one fully embrace the first three steps to recovery when views of a Higher Power have been distorted by life?