Why is it so hard for a person using drugs or alcohol to quit abusing them and what does dopamine have to do with it? If you, or someone you know, is dealing with addiction you might wonder why it’s so hard to say no to using substances.
Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical produced by the brain found in all living things. It subconsciously guides you in everyday decision-making processes. Although its main function is to act as a built-in mechanism for teaching life skills and survival instincts through a behavior based reward system, it can be accidentally manipulated in someone suffering with addiction, causing desires, motivation, and survival instincts to go haywire.
There are 2 things to remember when discussing how dopamine affects addiction:
- Dopamine is responsible for teaching skills & survival instincts through a reward system.
- Dopamine rewards the brain with fuzzy happy feelings for activities that promote survival and reproduction.
The very thing that nature supplies all living creatures with, which drives the will to survive, can turn on you and become your worst nightmare if you suffer from addiction. Once a person who regularly uses substances has brain-trained themselves, it becomes extremely dangerous because the brain begins to subconsciously tell you to seek out drugs, which produce even higher levels of dopamine.
What can you do? The good news! It is absolutely possible to repair a broken dopamine system, it just takes time.
Read the full blog “Why the Brain of an Addict Tells Them to do Drugs. The Tremendous Effect Dopamine Has” Written by Eric Daddario.
Eric is a Professional Speaker, & Author of the Decisions Blog. He speaks from personal experiences that continue to have a tremendous effect on him, his family, and others. His presentations teach audiences how the decisions they’re making now, can and will have long term effects on their future. And those decisions, be it negative or positive, will determine the path they take in life.