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Biology/Genetics in Substance Abuse and Addiction

Explain and justify position regarding the relationship between biology or genetics and substance abuse and addiction.

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Hi and and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. I hope it gets to you in time. In this particular problem, your professor is asking you to explain 'your position' which means you will have to take a side and then defend it. The question is about your opinion on genetics and addiction. I would normally take the position that genetics has something to do with addiction and to defend that, I will provide examples from my own observation and from available research. As such the outline below should help:

1. Position - 100 words
2. What research says - 150 words
3. Example from personal experience - 150 words

This outline should yield 400 words and should be enough to cover what you need. If you need further help, just let me know via the feedback section. You can also use the listed resources to further the topic.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Genetics and Addiction

I believe that our genes have an impact on the personality and character that we develop as 'us' throughout our lives. Just as socialization is not the only factor that impacts development, also the environment that we live in and the predisposition dictated by genes, I believe that addiction which is an outcome of choices, immersion and socialization is also impacted by genetics. In other words, there are just people who are born with genes that has predisposed them towards addiction given the right context and factors present. Addiction does not happen in an instant - people get addicted towards ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of discussing substance abuse and addiction from the viewpoint of biology/genetics. The discussion is reflective and provides practice-based information. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.