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What Are Possible Solutions to Addiction?: A Focus on Psychology and Biology


  • Charlotte Hastings Cary-Grove Community High School
  • Samantha Lanjewar



Substance Abuse, Addiction, Biology, Psychology, Epigenetics, Genetics, Treatments


Within the past year, addiction has reached an all-time high with over 88,000 people dying from alcohol use disorder and over 100,000 people from substance abuse disorder. Yet only 10-13% of people with addiction-focused disorders receive treatment. Common present day treatments focus on psychological approaches, such as rehab and counseling. While these approaches are effective methods, supplemental treatment options are needed to keep up with the rapid increase of these issues. Increased knowledge of genetics could provide an alternative solution to the recent rise of these disorders. In this paper, I will discuss the possible solutions to alcohol and drug addiction through both psychological and biological (genomic) methodologies.


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