Genetics Determine About Half Of A Person’s Predisposition To Addiction | TODAY

Genetics Determine About Half Of A Person’s Predisposition To Addiction | TODAY


WEARING ESPADRILLS.
>>THE THINGS WE WEAR IN LIFE. >>EXACTLY.
>>>NOW TO THE SERIES CALLED “UNCOVERED” WHERE RONAN FARROW
DIGS INTO STORIES THAT MAY NOT MAKE THE HEADLINES.
>>LAST WEEK HE COVERED THE CONTROVERSIAL ADDICTIONS.
GOOD MORNING. >>GOOD MORNING.
A LOT OF CHANGE IN HEALTH CARE LATELY.
IF THE NEW HEALTH CARE ACT RECENTLY PASSED BY THE HOUSE
BECOMES LAW, IT WILL ELIMINATE REQUIREMENTS THATS THAT MEDICAIR
ADDICTION TREATMENT. THAT’S IGNITING NEW DEBATE OVER
FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS, IS ADDICTION A DISEASE OR SHOULD IT
BE TREATED THAT WAY? >>I HATED WAKING UP AND NOT
KNOWING WHAT I HAD DONE THE NIGHT BEFORE.
>>I GAVE MY CHILDREN UP FOR YEARS.
NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS WOULD I CONSIDER DOING THAT IF I WERE
SOBER. >>I COULDN’T STOP.
I COULDN’T STOP. >>DAUGHTER, MOTHER AND GRANDMA,
ONE FAMILY, THREE GENERATIONS OF ALCOHOLISM.
>>I CAN REMEMBER TIMES WHEN I WAS SO IMPATIENT THAT I —
>>Reporter: THEY SAY ADDICTION RIPPED THROUGH THEIR FAMILY.
>>MY FATHER HAD IT, HIS TWO BROTHERS HAD IT.
>>I HAD TWO BROTHERS WHO DIED OF ALCOHOLISM.
>>THIS IS ALL OVER YOUR FAMILY.>>YES.
IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON. >>AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, IT’S
A DISEASE. >>IT IS JUST IN YOUR GENES.
>>Reporter: AS IS THE CASE WITH OTHER MEDICAL RESEARCH,
SCIENTISTS ARE STUDYING TWINS TO SEE HOW GENETICS PLAY IN
ADDICTION. YOUR GENES DETERMINE MORE THAN
HALF YOUR VULNERABILITY TO ADDICTION.
AFTER THREE GENERATIONS OF LIVING WITH THAT REALITY,
NICOLE, FRANCIS AND JENNY BELIEVE IN EARLY EDUCATION.
>>MY SON IS 10. AND WE ACTUALLY HAVEN’T TALKED
ABOUT THIS YET. WITHIN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, I
JUST HAD A FEELING LIKE, I NEED TO START TALKING TO HIM ABOUT
IT. >>Reporter: AT 10?
>>YEAH. >>Reporter: BUT TREATING
ADDICTION LIKE OTHER DISEASES AND ENCOURAGING EARLY KNOWLEDGE
OF FAMILY RISK IS CONTROVERSIAL. THE NEW HEALTH CARE ACT
CHAMPIONED BY PRESIDENTSIDENT T WANTS TO TREAT ADDICTION LESS
LIKE DISEASE, STRIPPING BACK ACCESS TO ADDICTION TREAT.
THIS DESPITE THE FACT THAT TRUMP’S BROTHER DIED FIGHTING
ALCOHOLISM. TRUMP SAID HE EDUCATED HIS KIDS
EARLY ABOUT THE INHERITED RISK. >>IF YOU HAVE THE GENE, I’M NOT
SURE YOU CAN MODERATE VERY EASILY.
>>Reporter: SOME IN THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT ARGUE THAT TALKING
TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THE FAMILY RISKS TOO EARLY CAN BE
DANGEROUS. >>IF YOU CHOOSE TO LAY THAT ON
THEM AS A GENETIC OBLIGATION, YOU’RE WRONG, BELIEVING THAT
YOUR DESTINED TO BE AN ADDICT, BORN GENERATIONALLY TO BE AN
ADDICT IS A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESY.
>>Reporter: BUT MANY EXPERTS SAY THAT KIND OF THINKING AS
FAILED. >>WE ARE LOOKING AT ADDICTION
ALL WRONG AND NOT INVESTING IN PREVENTION.
>>Reporter: DR. JOSEPH LEE IS THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR BATTLE
ING YOUTH. >>THE PRUDENT THING TO DO, THE
MORAL THING TO DO, THE SCIENTIFIC THING TO DO IS TO
INVEST EARLY SO THE NEXT GENERATION DOESN’T HAVE
PROBLEMS. BUT FOR ADDICTION, WE WAITED
UNTIL PEOPLE USED DRUGS. WHICH IS LIKE SCREENING AFTER
HEART DISEASE. >>Reporter: ONE OF THE PROGRAMS
FREE FROM CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY HAS TALKED ABOUT THE HISTORY.
>>WHO HAS TALKED TO THEIR FAMILY ABOUT ADDICTION IN THEIR
FAMILY, ANYONE? >>Reporter: NICOLE, FRANCIS AND
JENNY SAY THAT COMMUNICATION IS THE LIFELINE THEY WISHED THEY
HAD SOONER. >>THIS IS A SIN.
MY FAMILY DID NOT SUPPORT ME AT ALL.
>>I REMEMBER IT BEING MORE ON A LECTURE.
>>Reporter: TELL ME THE APPROACH YOU TOOK WITH NICOLE.
>>I DID NOT LECTURE HER. >>SHE WOULD DROP HINTS TO ME
LIKE, YOU’RE HEADED DOWN THAT ROAD.
>>Reporter: TODAY THEY HAVE BEEN SOBER FOR MANY YEARS.
>>I GOT MARRIED SOBER, I HAD MY KIDS SOBER.
SO I’M GRATEFUL FOR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO CAME BEFORE ME.
>>Reporter: FRANCINE, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HEAR THAT MAYBE THE
LESSON YOU WENT THROUGH HELPED NICOLA.
>>IT JUST OCCURRED TO ME WHEN SHE SAID THAT, IT GETS BETTER
EACH GENERATION. IT GROWS AND WE GET BETTER AND
WE LEARN MORE. IT IS VERY EMOTIONAL.
>>Reporter: CLEAR SCIENCE SHOWING GENETICS PLAYING A ROLE,
BUT STILL A LOT OF CONTROVERSY ON WHAT THAT MEANS FOR
TREATMENT. I DON’T KNOW, DO YOU THINK 10 IS
TOO EARLY TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THIS?
>>NO, NOT REALLY. IF YOU DO IT IN THE
AGE-APPROPRIATE WAY. >>WHEN IT IS IN YOUR FAMILY,

3 comments

  1. Bull, Choice, sins of the father, but yes it is a disease that can be avoided. stop trying to vaccinate yourself! I did!

  2. My father drank and find out my grandfather did too, but I still have a hard time forgiving him for hitting me as a child, and he was a physician. Now I have to deal with my teen age daughter experimenting with drugs and alcohol, I feel helpless…..

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