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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From, "One! The Journey hOMe", the eBook by Klaas Tuinman M.A © 2007-2020
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The Dopamine factor in addictions and "habits".