No one ever talked about or asked about my family history of addiction
Health care providers do not typically ask about family history of addiction, even though they screen for a number of hereditary health conditions.
Alcohol and drug use was an issue we never talked about in my family. No one talked to me about our history with addiction, which included the fact that both of my parents, and some of my grandparents, suffered from addiction. Everyone just wanted to sweep everything under the rug and put on a happy face.
“Little did I know that I had a genetic predisposition to develop substance use disorder — and indeed, it wasn’t too long before I found myself dealing with addiction.”