Alcoholism and drug addiction essentially hijack the brain. In a healthy
person who does not need drug rehabilitation, pleasurable stimuli such
as eating and social interaction trigger the reward system of the brain.
This causes the person to perceive these activities as beneficial. When
an individual begins abusing drugs or alcohol, the reward system initially
responds in the same way.
However, as you’ll learn when you watch this video, the reward system
eventually stops responding to everyday stimuli and only the drug can
induce feelings of pleasure. Consequently, the individual’s priorities
in life begin to change until only the drug seems important. Eventually,
the reward system becomes desensitized even to the effects of the drug.
education is an important component of the addiction recovery process at Retreat at Lancaster County. Call
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