Addiction and Personalized Medicine
You may have heard of personalized medicine recently making strides in medical research and treatment, but how does it relate to addiction testing and prevention? Certainly, individual experiences and environmental factors play a large part in addiction, along with inherited genetic factors. This means your genes don’t singularly control whether you become addicted to a substance. But can personalized medicine tell you if you’re addicted, what you’re addicted to, and how to beat it? Yes and no.
What is Personalized Medicine?
Personalized medicine starts with genetic testing. Analyzing your genetic makeup first allows informed predictions to be made about your susceptibility to addiction, leading to a more accurate course of action for treatment. You can find these genetic tests at DNA and genetic testing labs like Dynamic DNA here in Springfield, MO.
The main benefit of personalized medicine is targeted therapy and treatment. If you are already aware of an addiction you have, understanding why that came to be is one of the biggest factors in defeating it.
While personalized medicine through genetic testing can potentially tell you the likelihood of developing an addiction, other factors, like your upbringing and your environment, play a large role as well.
Okay, so you’ve discovered you have a tendency towards addiction, what now? Targeted treatment, or targeted therapy, is all about timing. You want to tackle this addiction with the right treatment, in the right way, at the right time. For addictions to nicotine or alcohol, certain medications can help decrease your dependence on these substances at the same time you are smoking or drinking.
For alcohol dependence, FDA approved drugs like Naltrexone, Campral, and Antabuse reduce cravings or cause adverse reactions while you are drinking. Taking these targeted treatments and then picking up a drink slowly rewires your brain to no longer crave them. It’s a type of personalized prevention that can help beat the addiction. Combined with peer support and important behavior changes, this is one example that may just help increase one’s quality of life.
For all forms of addiction, no matter how severe, it's best to determine a treatment plan for personalized medicine with your doctor or a licensed professional.
If you’re anxious to get started on the genetic testing process, you can order a test online at Dynamic DNA Labs today. We offer a wide variety of kits that target specific research goals you may have. While Dynamic DNA Labs is here to aid in the testing process, we offer no counseling or treatment services beyond that. We suggest you contact your doctor or a specialized service for information on what steps to take next to help with addiction.