The Role Of Dopamine In Addiction

The Role Of Dopamine In Addiction

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, one of the brain’s many messengers. A neurotransmitter is a chemical that delivers nerve impulses and electrical signals across the gaps between nerve cells. When it comes to dopamine in addiction, the relationship is extremely complicated. Dopamine and the Brain The main function of dopamine is generating motivation through behavior and…

Childhood low self esteem can lead to easy addiction

So much of who we become as adults finds its roots in childhood. For that reason, professors from Florida State University and University of Miami put together a study to see if collected data could support the idea that low self-esteem in childhood led to higher instances of substance abuse as adults.  The results aren’t…

wired for addiction

Wired for Addiction: How our Brains can be Exploited

Even those of us who are recovering addicts continue to have other areas of our lives where addiction continues to reign.  This is pretty natural, it turns out. All people are pre-programmed with certain traits and qualities that predispose us to addictive behavior.  The severity of these vices varies from person to person and between…

does addiction affect men and women differently

Does Addiction Affect Men and Women Differently?

While addiction affects us all in devastating ways, requiring serious treatment attention and counseling to overcome, several clinics and studies are starting to notice that addiction affects men and women a bit differently. Understanding these differences is key to providing appropriate recovery support to both genders. For starters, the physiology of drug use differs from…