Fundamentals of addictions

Addiction: A chronic brain disorder characterized by the loss of control of drug-taking behavior, despite adverse health, social, or legal consequences to continued drug use. Addiction is characterized by relapses during recovery.
From: Science Education

Our current understanding of how addictions work is comprehensible enough.. Now if we were to go one step further, as suggested in What The Bleep Do We Know [a movie that’s fun and entertaining but not THE source for the most up-to-date profoundly accurate information], by similar mechanisms, the body reacts to every emotion with a relevant peptide which may belong to the general class of neurohormones, neurotransmitters or neuromodulators, usually secreted by the hypothalamus. I assume, if the body started producing peptides for nutrition, [given we had the right enzymes], then we might never go hungry!

Anyway, these peptides, especially the non-neural ones, get into the bloodstream and flow to practically every cell in the body. And as stated in the first link, some cause the receptors to move undercell and prevent an “overdose” of sorts, and others don’t. I’ve heard that in the case of prolonged exposure to a particular type of peptide, when a cell replicates, the offspring will have lesser receptors catering to that particular peptide than before. This simultaneously increases your tolerance and to a lesser extent, your dependence on the drug. These are the classic physiological symptoms of addiction. So if emotions and states of mind cause peptide production as well, and there is a gross imbalance over a long period of time, it may be possile for the body to be physically attuned to mental likes and dislikes. Actually….never mind. All this is on a maybe basis.

That is to say, your body reflects what your mind wants or needs. Why your very appearance will speak volumes of your vices…

Another all new approach to psychosoma. It’s all a bit of pseudoscience, but hey. Openmindedness is key.


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