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Marijuana, Alcohol Addiction May Share Genes
Date:12/18/2009

uggest there can be similar genes underlying a propensity toward many types of substance abuse.

"There is a lot of evidence that if you have trouble with one substance you will have trouble with others," Hopfer said. "Twin data shows that the genetic effects may be across substances."

While there are legal drugs available to help treat nicotine and alcohol addiction, there are no drugs to treat marijuana addiction. For marijuana dependency, behavioral modification, family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and 12-step programs are among the programs that may help, Hopfer said.

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There's more on marijuana addiction at the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.



SOURCES: Carolyn Sartor, Ph.D., research instructor, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; Christian Hopfer, M.D., associate professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver; March 2010 Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research


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