What Are the Causes of Addiction?
In society nowadays there is an increase globally in the number of people seeking help for addiction.
This can be addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs.
And although there are more and more facilities that can help individuals overcome their addiction the
question needs to be asked what causes addiction in the first place.
Why do some people become addicted to substances when others do not?
In today’s article we will dive into what the main causes of addiction are.
How does addiction start?
Well people often become addicted to substances due to the “high” that they feel as a result of taking
that substance. Users can experience a physical and psychological high which of course will vary
depending on the substance they have taken.
As users get used to this “high” their body will get used to that amount of the substance and they will
typically have to take more of the substance to achieve the desired “high”.
Due to this increase in the amount of the substance required the user’s dosage of the substance and
frequency of use will typically increase making it very difficult for the user to stop taking the substance
and therefore become addicted to the pleasurable feeling or “high”.
Where does it begin?
Addiction begins and ends in the brain. Some people may take a substance once and never return to it
whereas some may become addicted instantly and this is down to the brain.
When a user takes a drug for example cocaine it tricks the brain into releasing pleasurable feelings
around the body and creating almost a euphoric feeling on demand as the use of this drug intensifies
the brain adapts and is tricked into thinking this is normal and will reward the taking of said substance
with a pleasurable feeling.
This occurs in the frontal lobe part of the brain there isn’t a lot of science behind why some people
become addicted to things faster than others but what we do know is that it all begins with the frontal
lobes in the brain giving