Biological Causes of Addiction
Biological Causesof Addiction
BiologicalCauses of Addiction
The influence of biology on addiction is increasingly beingunderstood as the science of man continues to advance in the modernworld. Scientists have conducted numerous studies to find the bestand effective treatments to these addictions due to the increasedgrowth of the addiction problem in the recent past (Lewis, 2015). Itis surprising that most of the addictions in alcohol, drugs, andgambling are being linked to the biological makeup of a person. Inother words, some individuals are more vulnerable to addiction thanothers due to their differences in genetics and environment. I thinkbiology has a significant influence on people’s addiction becausesome behaviors such as alcoholism and drug abuse are inheritable.
Myperspective on addiction and its relation to biology
Various factors can make a person more susceptible to any type ofaddiction than others, but it is crucial to note that no one isimmune from developing these addictions. Research has revealed thatgenetics and environment play a great role in determining who will bea victim of addiction (Lewis, 2015). Further analysis of geneticsalso means the type of gender and ethnic group also determines who ismore vulnerable to addiction. Based on my past experience withalcoholism, I think your behaviors can be influenced by your familyhistory because my father was also an alcoholic.
The tendency of people indulging themselves in gambling and drugsshould not always be blamed for their wrong choices, but should alsobe linked to their parental guidance and family history. Otherwise,treatments targeted at the addicts will always prove ineffective insome cases. Internal motivators to an addiction play a great role indetermining someone’s behaviors. For example, people with traumaticexperiences remains at a high risk of developing attitudes that bringabout addiction to sex, physical violence, and drug abuse, amongothers. Based on the research studies, it is evident that addictionis sometimes linked to biological factors that are deeply embedded inpeople’s bodies or lives.
Comparingdifferent types of addictions
Researchers have developed different models of addiction, whichemphasize that genetics is the principal factor that contributes toaddiction development (Lewis, 2015). While some biological modelssuggest that all addictions are similar, others emphasize that eachform of addiction is different and unique in nature. I would arguethat addictions are comparable because they all result from the brainresponse. In other words, an addiction to gambling is similar to drugaddiction because these two behaviors are developed by a person’smind or brain may be due to stress, fear, and anxiety. Every form ofaddiction is a behavior that has been developed by an individual dueto various life experiences, and that’s why psychiatrists prescribealmost similar psychological interventions to these disorders.
It seems that the main cause of addiction lies in the human brainwhere it comes out in the form of mental and emotional disorders.Some addictions may be inherited, and this makes it clear that thebiological makeup plays a role in addiction development. Mostresearchers try to link biology and addiction by using certain modelsthat surprisingly reveal that indeed some people drink alcoholbecause their parents were alcoholics. However, some individuals whocome from families that are historically known for gambling oralcoholism may not eventually become addicts, an aspect that giveshope to those who are willing to stop their bad habits. With all thecontroversies and inconsistencies in the biological models, I stillbelieve that the genetic makeup of someone somehow influences him/herto develop addictive behaviors.
Lewis, M. (2015). The Biology of Desire: Why addiction is nota disease. Brunswick, Victoria: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd.
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