Addiction Research Gives Us The Answer To Why Addicts Just Can't Stop

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


Why do people persistently abuse eating, spending, alcohol and other drugs even after experiencing serious medical, social, or financial consequences?


Dopamine(also known as the pleasure chemical) is actually the desire chemical. It kicks in to play when you're in need of something for survival. To say that we like these dopamine bursts is an understatement. Dopamine boosts us and makes us feel pleased. When we find ways to increase our happiness and pleasure, we're likely to find a way to keep that feeling going.

Prime example: when you're hungry, you want food! You start strategically thinking & planning of a way to eat.


When someone is addicted they're trying to fix something internally with something externally. A lot of times people tend to get addicted when they're grieving the loss of someone. I know, kick you when you're down. Doesn't seem fair does it? BUT in my professional experience, I've found that the "having" isn't nearly as good as the "wanting". The wanting is where dopamine comes into play. When you're trapped in addiction, you want, desire, have to have the substance because you believe it's going to make you feel so much better. The brain keeps telling you you need/want this thing, but it won't fix the underlying issue.


Understanding the brain disease of addiction is essential to beating this illness. All persons struggling with substance abuse disorders and their families should educate themselves about the biology of addiction. If you would like more info/ knowledge on this top, browse through our videos HERE.


Amber Hollingsworth,

Hope for Families Recovery Center



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