Like many other conditions, vulnerability to amphetamine addiction can be inherited. The genetic factors of addiction are complex, and every case is different. There is no single addiction gene, but a number of family traits and genes can help determine whether someone is prone to develop an amphetamine addiction.
Amphetamines are stimulants. They alter brain chemistry and cause alertness and increased energy. With consistent use, the brain and body begin to develop a dependency on amphetamines, which leads to patterns of drug abuse and often, depending on the individual, addiction.
Genetic Factors that Influence Amphetamine Addiction
Some people have genetic traits that make them more likely to abuse drugs. For instance, substance abuse is undeniably linked to psychological disorders. Mental issues such as depression, anxiety and personality disorders are strongly associated with poor coping skills that can lead to the use of psychoactive drugs. Because these conditions have genetic aspects, the related vulnerability to substance abuse can be passed down as well.
Attention disorders can also play a powerful role in the development of amphetamine addiction because Adderall (an amphetamine) is a prescription drug used to treat ADHD. ADHD has a strong genetic component and genetics impact the way neurotransmitters in the brain work. Neurotransmitter functioning has been found to be different in people with the disorder. Individuals who use Adderall for legitimate medical treatment may have less of a chance of developing an addiction as those who use it recreationally. However, patterns of amphetamine abuse and dependency can lead to addiction even for those patients with ADHD.
Physical conditions can also be influential. People may try to self-medicate conditions that cause such symptoms as fatigue or weight gain, since the stimulating effects of amphetamine can combat these unpleasant symptoms temporarily.
Family-Related Environmental Factors
A family history of addiction can also impact environmental factors. For instance, if someone is exposed to regular amphetamine abuse from a young age, he may begin to interpret it as normal and be more likely to experiment. Casual attitudes about sharing prescription drugs or access to a family member’s prescription amphetamines can also lead to unhealthy patterns of amphetamine use.
Amphetamine is a known as performance enhancer. The pressure that an individual’s family places on him can cause him to use amphetamine to succeed in school or at sports. Tense family relationships can also lead to substance abuse as an avenue for coping with emotional pain.
Help for Amphetamine Addiction
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