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How drug addiction works?

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Asked: 2018-07-03 12:18:31
I keep hearing about drug addiction being a disease which is a new concept to me but interesting nontheless. Can you help me educate myself on how drug addiction works?


Answered: 2018-07-03 21:47:57

“normal” people may be able to experiment with drugs and alcohol and walk away without craving them for the rest of their lives. Someone who’s genetically and psychologically predisposed to addiction will form a chemical dependency on these drugs to maintain balance in their brain. They may also use them to deal with things like anxiety or depression and to help cover up past traumas. The way that an addict’s brain works is different than that of someone who’s not predisposed to the disease. They have a more intense internal reaction to the drugs, and this leads to a lasting craving that they’ll end up fighting for the rest of their lives.


Answered: 2018-07-04 09:20:14

When a person who is predisposed to addiction takes a drug, they experience a more intense reward reaction in their brain. This happens when certain chemicals are released and trigger an intense pleasurable response. The body sees this as a good thing and pushes the drug addict to continue to use the drugs. It doesn’t matter if they’re risking their life, dealing with legal problems, losing relationships, or anything else.

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