How Family History Affects Your Predisposition to Hydrocodone Addiction

How Family History Affects Your Predisposition to Hydrocodone Addiction

Why do some people become addicted to hydrocodone, while others can take it without any problems? Part of that answer can be found in your genes. Those microscopic blueprints passed on from your parents not only give you a predisposition to diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, but they also contribute to your chances of developing the disease of addiction.

According to the 2008 National Institute on Drug Abuse report, “The Genetics of Addiction,” the DNA sequences of any two people are 99.9 percent identical. However, that difference of just 0.1 percent is responsible for the variations between people—from eye and hair color to the increased (or decreased) risks for developing an addiction. If your parents are addicts, even if they are no longer using drugs, you are more likely to have been passed down a genetic code that includes a higher risk of addiction.

However, genes only contribute to the possibility of hydrocodone addiction. They do not cause that addiction. Other factors also play a role in whether or not you will develop an addiction.

Other risk factors that contribute to developing addiction include:

  • Environment – Both your social and home environments can play a role in becoming addicted to hydrocodone. If you come from a family in which drugs were used to manage stress or to have fun, you are more likely to turn to drugs as well. If your friends and colleagues encourage drug use, then their attitudes about drugs will likely make their way into your own belief system, making you more prone to addiction.
  • Gender – More men than women become addicted to drugs.
  • Trauma – If you have experienced trauma, such as assault, rape, violence, abuse or a loved-one’s death, then you are more likely to develop an addiction to drugs like hydrocodone. You may feel the urge to self-medicate in order to numb the pain you have experienced.
  • Mental illness – Behavioral and psychiatric disorders put you at higher risk for developing an addiction to drugs like hydrocodone. Common mental disorders that co-occur with addiction include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
  • Type of drug – Some addictions develop slowly over several months or years. However, other drugs may pose a higher risk, such as cocaine, heroin, and meth. The withdrawal symptoms of these drugs are severe, so people use the drug more frequently and in higher doses, which speeds up the process of becoming dependent on the drug. If you experience painful withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking hydrocodone, you are more likely to develop an addiction.

The more risks you are exposed to, the greater the likelihood that you will develop a hydrocodone addiction. Keep in mind that all of these factors, including family history, do not cause addiction. However, knowing your risk factors can help you protect yourself against misusing hydrocodone.

Getting Help For Your Hydrocodone Addiction

If you think you may be developing a hydrocodone addiction, we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day and talk with one of our admissions coordinators. Together, you can determine how to move forward to a more healthy future.