There's a Genetic Component to Addiction and Indio Has Likely Inherited It: Robert Downey Jr.
By Afza Fathima | July 1, 2014 1:58 PM EST
Robert Downey Jr, after the arrest of his son, Indio, for the possession of cocaine, said, "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being. We're grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."
Addiction can highly be influenced by genetics.
In the 80's and 90's, Robert Downey Jr. struggled with drug addiction and finally in 2001, with the help of California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, he came out clean and sober. The actor publicly supports those who struggle with drugs and alcohol.
Indio Falconer Downey's mother, Deborah Falconer, has said that she needs to distance his problems from those of his father. In 2013, due to pill addiction, Indio was admitted for rehab.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence's web page reads, "The single most reliable indicator of risk for future alcohol and drug problems is FAMILY HISTORY." Genetics affects how a person becomes addicted, said the Council.
The NCADD explains that a person's choice to use alcohol or drugs is influenced by the environment, peers and family. The risk of developing alcoholism or drug dependence is largely influenced by genetics. A research by the National Institutes of Health shows that cocaine has a high heritability factor.
Addiction often runs in families because of its inherited component. It passes on from parent to child through genes.
Learn Genetics reads: "Researchers often study large families to learn which genes may be making them susceptible to addiction. They begin by comparing DNA sequences of family members who are affected by addiction with those who are not, and they look for pieces of DNA that are shared among affected individuals and less common in the unaffected."
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
- NFL Thursday Recap - Denver Broncos 35, San Diego Chargers 21: Peyton Manning Has 3 TDs In Easy Win [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 3: Kansas City Royals 3, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Kate Middleton Back To Herself After Struggling With Hyperemesis Gravidarum
- Ebola Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson Confident Of Human Trials In January And Market Delivery in May Next Year
- New York Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola
- ‘Death Sentence’ For 50,000 Australians With The Refusal Of Costly Hep C Treatment
- Dead Heart Beats Again, Doctors Use It For Transplant – A World’s First For Australia
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo Leaked Live Images Surfaces, Scheduled To Get Unveiled On Oct 28
- Update HTC One M7 with LG G2 with Android 4.4.2 as Sprint OTA: Fixes and Installation
- U.S. Targets Buyers of ISIS Oil, Threatens Sanctions
- ISIS Syria Airstrike Bombing Has Killed 550 People, Civilians Included
- Russia Blocking OSCE Monitoring Of Its Border With Ukraine
- Russia Slams US 'Double Standards' In The Fight Against ISIS