Vast numbers of us do things to excess, or have the feeling that it might be difficult to stop doing something, or sometimes wonder why on earth we have just done something that seemed attractive before we did it… To relieve the Pain!
Addiction spreads to every kind of pleasurable behavior – drinking, sex, food, drugs and so on. Some substances and activities can give a feeling that is so powerful that a life without the feeling may never seem worthwhile. Whatever people call it, a habit, occasional binge, drug addiction, dependence – these are just labels… we are all different.
Why do addictions seem so hard to beat?
We need to relieve the Pain that we are suffering, Why the addiction… the correct question is “why the Pain?
The answer lies in the chemical reward mechanisms that the human brain uses to motivate itself to act and learn making addictions easy to acquire and difficult for most people to shake off.
When we are keen to do something and we get the excitement, this excitement is produced by dopamine, a natural brain chemical, its effects are very like cocaine – it raises our emotional level so we want to take action. When we have the warm feelings of satisfaction we get after doing something e.g: eating, having sex, drugs, or achieving some new skill or new understanding – another natural substance endorphin is produced – which is similar to heroin. As these chemicals work together they keep us interested in doing the biological functions that preserve the species and stretch each one of us to learn and achieve.
A reasonable amount of natural reward is felt by humans every day in a well-balance life however in a life where essential emotional needs are not met and abilities are not stretched the rewards don’t come and we feel meaningless.
If life feels flat and meaningless this is rich territory for addictions to focus, as every addictive behavior or substance either gives a reward mechanism or delivers a chemical reward directly.
Repeated exposure to an addictive substance or behavior causes nerve cells in the brain to communicate in a way that connection of liking something with wanting it. Dangerous activities stimulate production of dopamine giving a feeling of exhilaration, injecting heroin gives a warm, cosy feeling like the natural feelings of satisfaction you might get after doing any biologically necessary function.
Addiction can be beaten
“Every recovery from addiction began with one sober hour”
Addiction can be beaten by many people without having to consider yourself as an ‘addict’ for the rest of your life or becoming dependent on a recovery group.
There are two things to understand to get away from addictive behavior: The way these required mechanisms work and they way life should be constricted in order to receive natural rewards that make these addictive activities less attractive.
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