What makes one person addicted to drugs and alcohol and another seemingly immune to the temptation? What can family and friends do to help the addicted, or can they do anything? Using interviews with families and addicts now in recovery, psychologist and addictions specialist Dr. James M. Strawbridge takes the reader by the hand to show that addictions don't discriminate based on economics. race, or gender orientation. In simple, everyday words, Dr. Strawbridge and the addicted telling their stories will make clear the large roles that family relationships during childhood and teen years, as well as genetic history, play in the development of an addictive personality. Mental disorders, such as bipolar conditions, often cause the sufferer to seek relief with alcohol and drugs. Sexual relationships are especially vulnerable, and how addiction affects individuals, married and single, are discussed as well. Recognizing that alcoholism is a disease and examining ways to treat it is the purpose of Dr. Strawbridge's Unraveling the Psychological Mystery of Addictions.