Substance Abuse: Hope with Addiction and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (Addiction Part 1)

Excerpt: What happens with so-called “normal” people, generally, is that their brain releases a feel-good secretion which is a chemical called an “endorphin” in a regular and normal way. But with people who are addicted to some drug (or behavior), such as any obsessive-compulsive disorder, the brain gets “trained” to only release the endorphins when stimulated by the drug or behavior. In other words the drug/behavior serves as a trigger for the brain to release the endorphins. Without the addictive substance (or behavior), the individual then feels bad, and feels that he has to get more of the drug, or engage in more of the obsessive-compulsive behavior, to feel good, which is absolutely true. Perhaps, however, there is hope Read More …