Understanding The Psychology Of Addiction

Addiction is a bound, when you want to free from any of you addictions it is hard because your brain already created the concept “if you do this you will be rewarded” and the reward could be appear in various ways, like satisfaction.

The most common addiction forms

  1. Food addiction (satisfaction)
  2. Cigarette, tobacco (nicotine – relaxation)
  3. Alcohol (alcohol – looseness)
  4. Gambling, gaming (success)
  5. Drug addiction (loss of self-control)
  6. Sexual addiction (sex hormone)

What is the problem? The roots

The brain registers all pleasures in the same way, whether they originate with a psychoactive drug, a monetary reward, a sexual encounter, or a satisfying meal. In the brain, pleasure has a distinct signature: the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the nucleus accumbens, a cluster of nerve cells lying underneath the cerebral cortex (see illustration).

All drugs of abuse, from nicotine to heroin, cause a particularly powerful surge of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens.

Recovery is possible

Instead, you can protect (and heal) yourself from addiction by saying “yes” to other things. Cultivate diverse interests that provide meaning to your life. Understand that your problems usually are transient, and perhaps most importantly, acknowledge that life is not always supposed to be pleasurable.