The Problem

For many who are part of addiction programmes it is a battle of wills in which the conscious mind remains constantly on guard, interrupting signals from a well-established habit that does not want to die. That’s the problem.

The Solution

Resolutions, contracts, and commitments always involve the conscious mind, and as anyone whose New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside can tell you, when it comes to cravings and addictions, the conscious mind is seldom in charge at all.

Brain Chemistry

The most up-to-date research in the field of addictions suggests that all addiction is rooted in impaired brain chemistry, not lack of willpower, character defects, personality disorders or spirituality. (Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed., author and expert on addictions).

In the brain, we have neurotransmitters that regulate how we think, feel and behave. The neurotransmitters involved most frequently with an addiction of any kind include serotonin, dopamine, GABA, endorphins and norepinephrine, but acetylcholine and anandamide may also be involved in some addictions.

Serotonin functions like a natural anti-depressant. Dopamine provides feelings of pleasure, motivation and focus, while GABA is similar to a natural sedative providing us with relaxation. Endorphins are like natural opiates that provide relief for emotional and physical pain and each of these provide feelings of well-being and inner peace.

In order for the brain to function adequately, neurotransmitters must be present in just the right amounts. The addict is not really craving the addictive substance, they are craving what the substance does for the brain.

The more depleted neurotransmitters become, the more dependent one becomes on the addictive substance. Since the brain is no longer producing or responding appropriately to its own neurotransmitters, then cravings and withdrawal are experienced when the substance is not present in the system to carry out the functions of the depleted neurotransmitters.

Treatment to help with addictions:

Neurotransmitters can be restored to balance with;

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