Becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol is never planned. Neither is developing habitual behaviors such as gambling, addictive gaming or pornography. People often ask “How could this happen to me?” or “How did I fall so far?” There isn’t a simple answer. Often people turn to these behaviors as a way to escape either physical or emotional pain.
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Normal activities release a chemical in the brain called dopamine, however, it is a normal level of dopamine. The addictive behavior releases a chemical rush in the brain and overexcites the brain, also called a rush. This overexcitement reduces over time and it is harder to get a rush because the brain becomes used to the higher levels of dopamine. When a person returns to normal activities, the brain is wired to expect the high dosage it received from the addictive behavior; therefore, causing a depressive mood or a down. One of the problems with addiction is that the brain normalizes the overexcitement it receives over time and higher and higher doses of the addictive behavior is needed in order to receive the same effect. This leads to people’s lives becoming consumed with finding their next fix.
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