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 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 repetative,  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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