The Dopamine factor in addictions and "habits".

    What is Dopamine? The short answer is, that it is the "feel good" chemical
    (neurotransmitter) the body releases in the brain, initially at moments when
    we feel safe, relaxed, "good", calm, etc. And the brain/mind quickly learns (and
    yearns) to associate that chemical with all activities, substances, thoughts and
    feelings etc, that generate it: herein lies the dilemma.

    It is powerful and addictive, because the body/brain constantly attempts to
    produce it in order to generate that "good" feeling of euphoria, bliss,
    motivation, concentration, calmness, etc, whenever we are stressed, anxious,
    frightened, etc, and thus "triggers" those "unproductive" actions that we can
    take, or engage in, to overcome, or ignore, or deny and escape from the "feel
    bad" situation.

    It succeeds in doing so very admirably. The problem with that is, that it leads
    us away from dealing with the things that trigger it, and thus we never resolve
    it/them, and revert or resort to engaging in the activities or "denial-fantasies"
    that are ultimately always "dead ends" - leading us nowhere, except a repetitive,
    ineffective and dysfunctional "coping pattern cycle, or cycles" (addictions/
    habits).

    It leads people to continue doing certain things or activities that are harmful
    to them, simply because they became associated with the "good feeling": so it
    is very much a Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sort of situation. When coupled
    with addictive substances and habits, it creates a "double-jeopardy" situation
    that truly makes it a challenge to stop those harmful, dysfunctional "habits"
    and "addictions".

    This is a new addition to the site - your feedback and suggestions are welcomed.
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Detoxifying The Alienated Conditioned Mind

From, "One! The Journey hOMe", the eBook by Klaas Tuinman M.A © 2007-2019
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