Genetic Risk for Addictive Behaviours?

What Does Your Genetics Say About You?


The Genetic Addiction Risk Score (GARS®) test identifies an individual's genetic predisposition, and therefore, vulnerability toward addictive, compulsive and impulsive behaviours, and some personality disorders.


Are you Genetically Vulnerable to 
Addictive Behaviours?

Knowing your genetic vulnerability for addictive behaviours allows you to take action to limit the impact of any genetic variations. Supplementing to address genetic deficiencies can reduce craving and urges and reduce the pressure on the process of change or recovery. The GARS® test can give you that knowledge.

The GARS® test reveals genetic variations that create an altered chemical balance of dopamine, termed “Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS)”, as dopamine is our brain's currency of reward. RDS can be a significant driver of addictive behaviours. (Substance and Non-Substance)

Substance Addiction

  • Alcohol

  • Cannabis

  • Food

  • Glucose

  • Opioid Addiction

  • Sedatives

  • Stimulants

  • Tobacco

Non-Substance Addiction

  • Gambling

  • Internet Gaming

  • Hypersexuality

  • Thrill Seeking (Novelty)

Having RDS creates pressure to engage in behaviours that boost dopamine to offset any deficiency, such as addictive behaviours. 


RDS may also impact behaviours and disorders related to Impulsiveness, Compulsiveness, Personality, and Attention.

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GARS® Helps By

Personalising Recovery

  • By adopting a Precision Addiction Management (PAM®) approach informed by GARS® test results, genetic weakness that can lead to addictive behaviours can be targeted to offset any dopamine reducing effects, which can reduce craving and relapse potential.


  • GARS® helps remove feelings of denial and guilt by providing real evidence genetically (GARS®) to predict risk for both substance and non-substance severity.


  • GARS® informed PAM® can create a better feeling of wellbeing without altering dopamine by unnatural means. 

    • Precision Addiction Management (PAM®) - (addiction here means = any dopamine deficit)


  • GARS® - Genetic Addiction Risk Score

  • PAM® - Precision Addiction Management

    • Based on the individual's genetic risk profile


  • Psychology/Psychotherapy and lifestyle measures that promote natural endorphin release. (Diet, Exercise, etc)

  • Support Systems

Pro- Dopamine Lifestyle

  • Induction of Dopamine Homeostasis.

  • Reduce Cravings and Relapse.


GARS® For Early Intervention Strategies

Understanding your potential for Addictive Behaviours.

Addiction and other behavioural problems can be avoided if you have the right information. Early intervention is the first step in lowering addiction statistics. Research has shown that over 1/3 of the U.S. population carries genetic mutations that result in a predisposition to certain addictive behaviours.

A person’s genetics only make up 50 percent of addiction predisposition; environmental factors make up the other 50 percent.

Understanding your genetic risk for unhealthy behaviours will allow you to make better, more informed lifestyle decisions.

If a person gets tested and finds out they have a high predisposition to nicotine, it does NOT mean they are going to become addicted to smoking. If that person never smokes a cigarette or is not exposed to smoking environments, then that addictive behaviour is not triggered. It is crucial for people to understand their addictive predispositions so that they can manage themselves better and minimise exposure to environmental triggers.

It can also help us advise our healthcare providers of predispositions to substance abuse and consequent dependence, which is not always readily determined or observed in people until there’s a problem. For example, knowing your GARS® test may avert an otherwise quickly developed attachment to Valium or opioid based medications.

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