Posted by: addictmystory | May 7, 2012

Addictive Process – How can we unlearn what the brain has learned

I’m sure anyone who is an addict or knows someone who is an addict knows that drugs directly activate the pleasure pathways in the brain, but recent research also suggest that addiction also involves the same pathways that manage memory and learning.  That is, once the addictive process moves in, it undoes or weakens what the brain knew before and teaches it something else entirely.

So my question is, how can we really ever rewrite what the brain has perceived has pleasurable? I think it is by being more tolerable to those who do come forward and seek help. For lets not forget the reasons and causes for addiction can often seem as varied as the number of people it touches. I have seen many faces humbled by thinking they could not fall into the addiction trap, that they could stop if they really wanted to.

But as different as addicted persons may seem from each other, they actually do have many predictor factors in common. In general, the more risk factors an individual has, the greater the chances that taking drugs will lead to abuse and addiction.

 

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