Psych Central

As clinicians we know that the sex addict doesn’t fall too far from the family tree.  Or as a friend of mine put it: “Sex addiction comes barreling down the generations like a locomotive!” 

So addictions run in families, but what part of this is due to genetics, to life experiences, and to other personality variables?  And can the genetic research on other addictions be applied to sex addicts?

Researchers have been investigating the genetic factors in drug and alcohol addiction for many years using identical twins vs. non-identical twins. It is reported that approximately 50% of the predisposition to addiction was accounted for by genetic factors.  More recent studies use brain science and genetic factors to help understand why addiction is heritable.

No Comments to
Impact on Children Part 1: Genetics of Sex Addiction

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. Click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.

Join the Conversation!

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines.

Post a Comment:

(Required, will be published)

(Required, but will not be published)


Check Out Linda Hatch's books,
Relationships in Recovery & Living with a Sex Addict.

Subscribe to this Blog: Feed

Recent Comments
  • Torestin: Article described Barry Soreto to a tee – liar and chief narcissist…..
  • Eve: I was married to this exact personality type-addict and all. This is frightenly accurate.
  • Darlene Lancer, LMFT: This describes a extreme narcissistic type. I don’t agree with equating addicts are...
  • Robin: I dated a guy who was the very essence of your article. Almost frightening . I finally ended things, but wish...
  • Lin Myers: Sadly, this material is not supported by empirical evidence and ignores the way attachment and trauma have...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter

Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code

Users Online: 12240
Join Us Now!