Have you ever wondered why some siblings with the same parents become addicted while another does not? It may be in your genetic makeup. I know we have all heard of babies being born to addicted Mothers who must be treated from the day they are born. Studies of identical twins, fraternal twins, siblings and adopted children has shown that 50-60% of addictive tendencies are inherited. I personally believe they are a lot of factors that enter into the equation. I for one, the child of an alcoholic father, noticed after having my DNA run and then looking at the raw data have found that I do have the tendency to become addicted, but at the same time I have another gene at work double time that says that if I become addicted I am twice as likely to kick the habit. Genes that make you less inhibited and more frivolous may contribute to the addiction, while genes that encourage responsibility and faithfulness mitigate the other genes. Fortunately, for me that has never been an issue, but the many people who are addicted, this is important information. The you throw in the nurturing aspect and it’s a complex situation. As the research on the genome continues, I feel there will be more and more effective ways of dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. With all the recent advances in DNA analysis, researchers are untangling the complex genetic interactions of a person’s genome.