Narconon Riverbend Survey Confirms That Drug Addiction Isn’t Always Learned At Home

June 11, 2012

Narconon Riverbend recently completed a survey which found that the overwhelming majority of addicts that attend its program lived in drug-free households at the time they began abusing drugs.

Denham Springs, LA (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

Psychologists and mental health professionals are often at odds over the “nature vs. nurture” debate when it comes to the question of drug addiction. On the one side stand those who believe that a genetic predisposition toward addiction exists, meaning that addiction is something like an inheritable disease. On the other side are those who consider the environment in which a person is raised to be the most important factor when it comes to whether he or she will abuse drugs.

Research seems to confirm that children whose parents abuse drugs do in fact raise children who are likelier to also become abusers–but this information does little to address the question of whether environmental circumstances or inherited tendencies are responsible. A recent survey conducted by Narconon Riverbend, a drug abuse solutions organization, indicates that the majority of drug addicts actually come from drug-free homes. An overwhelming 76.5% of addicts seeking treatment surveyed said that they lived in a drug-free house at the time they began abusing. For these individuals, their environment was clearly not a decisive factor in their decision to abuse drugs.

The British Daily Mail reported just two months ago on University of Cambridge study that confirms a genetic base for addiction. The study tested pairs of biological siblings, and found that they did indeed share a brain deficiency that limited their ability to exercise self-control. Other studies are currently being conducted at the University of Utah and other institutions to determine just which genes might be responsible for problems with drug addiction.

At the same time, however, it´s clear that all kinds of factors influence potential addicts´ behavior. Simply because a biological tendency exists doesn´t guarantee that an individual is destined to fulfill it. Biology is certainly not destiny, and the majority of the children of addicts and alcoholics do not actually develop these conditions themselves. But if you know someone whom you feel is at risk, as always, prevention is the best medicine. Anyone who might have an increased risk would be wise never to try drugs, or if they have already, to seek drug rehabilitation.

  • Narconon Riverbend´s survey was conducted on addicts seeking treatment, and, with the sample size used, there is a 12.5% margin of error.

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