March 29, 2023

Pharmacogenetic Testing in Addiction

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Pharmacogenetics explores how genetic differences in a single gene can influence the body’s reaction to drugs or medications. Pharmacogenetic testing in addiction can help inform treatment planning.

The overall goal of pharmacogenetics is to tailor medication choices and dosages to the unique makeup of each individual, enhancing treatment safety and effectiveness.

What Is Pharmacogenetics?

Pharmacogenetics is a field of scientific study that uses genetic variation as a predictor of response to drugs or medications. 

Genetic variations in each person can influence treatment efficacy and the likelihood of unwanted side effects. When healthcare providers use this discipline, they can create personalized medication plans based on an individual’s genetic makeup.

A pharmacogenetic test examines how specific genetic differences impact a person’s reaction to a medication, revealing whether it is likely to be effective, ineffective, or potentially harmful.

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Pharmacogenetics vs. Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics both explore how a person’s genetic makeup affects their response to medications.

  • Pharmacogenetics studies the way in which a single genetic variation can influence how drugs are metabolized. It also explores the effectiveness and toxicity of drugs and medications.
  • Pharmacogenomics considers how a person’s overall genetic makeup might influence drug response.

When comparing pharmacogenomics vs pharmacogenetics:

  • Both can enhance drug therapy.
  • Both lead to superior treatment outcomes.
  • Both utilize genetic testing to identify specific gene sequences.
  • Both account for other factors like gender, age, and diet.
  • Both consider other medications.
  • Both are interdisciplinary, extending from genetics and pharmacology to bioinformatics and clinical practice.

Pharmacogenetics enables healthcare providers to create comprehensive treatment plans that go beyond choosing drugs. Insights from testing can show how different medications could complement each other or interact adversely based on the genetic makeup of the person.

Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics together play an important part in preventing negative reactions from drugs or medications. Pharmacogenetics allows healthcare providers to anticipate reactions from certain drugs linked to genetic traits, while pharmacogenomics considers likely adverse interactions accounting for a person’s entire genetic makeup.

Pharmacogenomics may help in drug development by studying how genomes might respond to new drugs.

Where Can I Get Pharmacogenetic Testing? 

The pharmacogenetic field is young and pharmacogenetic testing is still an emerging science. That said, it can still inform medication-assisted treatment for addiction. When someone pursues treatment for opioid addiction and pharmacogenetic testing at the same time, for instance, this can guide the use of FDA-approved medications and other medications to supplement behavioral therapies.

Call our friendly recovery specialists today to get treatment for addiction that blends cutting edge science-based and holistic treatments at 800-994-2184.

Pharmacogenetic Testing FAQs

How much does pharmacogenetic testing cost?

The cost of pharmacogenetics testing can vary widely according to the complexity of the test and the number of genes analyzed. Consultations start from $200, and pharmacogenetic tests cost $500 to $2,000 or more. Insurance may cover some of the cost depending on the reason for testing and the provider.

What can pharmacogenetic testing tell me?

A pharmacogenetics test can provide valuable information about how your body might process or respond to certain medications based on your genetic makeup. It helps predict whether a medication could be effective for you or if you might experience side effects.

How is pharmacogenetic testing helpful in addiction recovery?

In addiction recovery, pharmacogenetic testing can be especially useful for personalizing treatment plans. It helps clinicians choose the most effective medications while avoiding those that are likely to cause adverse reactions, thereby increasing the safety and efficacy of treatment protocols at drug or alcohol rehab.

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Get Treatment for Drug & Alcohol Addiction at Gratitude Lodge 

If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, interventions like our Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program can be an effective step in your recovery journey. At Gratitude Lodge, you can access a personalized array of cutting-edge treatments that blend pharmaceutical medications with behavioral interventions and holistic therapies.

We have inclusive and welcoming rehab centers in Long Beach and Newport Beach, California. Our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs begin with supervised detoxification, addressing physical dependence, reducing the intensity of the withdrawal process, and streamlining the transition to ongoing inpatient treatment. Expect to access a personalized blend of the following interventions:

  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • Psychotherapies like CBT and DBT
  • Motivational therapies
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Holistic treatments
  • Aftercare planning

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