Genetics may Increase Addiction Risk, but do not Guarantee Addiction, Asserts Chapters Capistrano

While genetics are one component in assessing addiction risk, they are not the only factor, says Chapters Capistrano, and family members can be proactive in their health.

There are many different factors that determine a person’s risk for developing an addiction. With the passing of Bobbi Kristina Brown, more focus has been on genetics, and a recent article in the Chicago Tribune takes a closer look at whether substance abuse runs in families. Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding genetics and how family members can decrease their risk of developing an addiction.

“Unfortunately there are numerous cases where more than one family member struggles with addiction, but it comes down to more than a single factor,” says Susie Shea, co-owner of the drug and alcohol rehab center in Orange County. “Environment and mental health also play a role, along with other things. Fortunately there are ways that family members can help break the cycle and reduce their risk of substance misuse. Education and communication are key.”

There are many well-known families who have faced addiction. The article highlights pairs such as Bobbi Kristina Brown and Whitney Houston, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, and Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen. It also reveals that, “According to, children of addicts are 8 times more likely to develop an addiction.” Several studies have shown a link between parents and children when it comes to addiction, indicating that genetics may in fact play a role.

However, there are environmental factors as well. “Children mimic what they see,” says Shea. “When they witness a parent misusing alcohol or drugs, it becomes part of their environment and what they may perceive as normal. They may have trouble distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy ways of dealing with stress or challenges.”

There is no guarantee that just because a parent is battling addiction that their child will as well, but there are many children who are exposed to substance abuse in the home. The article cites data from the National Association for Children of Alcoholics which shows, “More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics; nearly 11 million are under the age of 18.”

“Setting a positive example and educating children about the risks of alcohol and drug use is essential,” says Shea. “You should know if addiction runs in your family, but also know ways to reduce your risk. Limiting your alcohol consumption, engaging in healthy outlets for relieving stress and dealing with problems, and attending counseling or support groups can help. Being proactive can help break the cycle.”

Shea encourages those who are struggling with substance misuse or addiction to seek treatment as soon as possible before their situation becomes more severe. “Putting off addiction treatment does nothing to help you or your loved ones,” she says, “but the sooner you get help, the sooner you can get on the road to long-term recovery. It’s not too late; there is hope.” Chapters Capistrano offers customized treatment plans tailored to clients’ individual needs which include family programs to support family members who are affected.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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