How drug addiction occurs (Dopamine pathway)

psychpost | 5/31/2011 01:16:00 PM

This little molecule above is known as Dopmaine.

It is found in our brains and is associated with feeling of well-being, happiness, euphoria, pain relief. Higher amounts are release during certain activities such as eating, sex, and drug use.


How drug addiction occurs

Dopamine is naturally occurring and is made by our bodies. When a (dopamine increasing) drug is taken, dopamine levels greatly rise, giving a feeling of euphoria. Because there is such a high abundance of dopamine, our bodies produce much less of it. We begin to be unable to produce our own dopamine and turn to the drug to feel good.

This is why addicts simply cannot stop using drugs, they are no longer able to experience joy without it.

Drugs that may cause dopamine-related addictions: Adderal, Dexedrine, Ritalin, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, oxycontin, alcohol, nicotine, and any morphine derivatives. basically anything that can release a high level of dopamine. Also high fat/calorie foods such as cheesecake or bacon can cause a milder response.

Noticeable side effects from a dopamine withdrawal include: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sweating, nausea, generalized pain, fatigue, dizziness and drug cravings.

29 responses to "How drug addiction occurs (Dopamine pathway)"

  1. i knew all about dopamine and inhibitors, blocks, and receptors, but this enlightened me on a few aspects, thank you :]

  2. that's very interesting! you forgot the list of the drugs that may cause dopamine-related addictions though D:

  3. Great post, thanks.

  4. Woah, today I learned. Good info.

  5. Hmmm so that is how it works, this is quite interesting

  6. Aw the post is incomplete, now I will never know an easy way to achieve joy >,<

  7. i studied about this... Interesting!

  8. buddy, your post got cut off! interesting though, i always thought it was a chemical reaction in drug-users mind.

  9. You didn't quite finish the post, but it seems interesting. I'll follow

  10. held a presentation about this...and chocolate 2years ago

  11. sex does this to David Duchovny

  12. i really like the way you move mmmm

  13. I wanna be David Duchovny.

  14. Inability to produce dopamine must really suck.

  15. it's good that i don't use drugs

  16. Science! So interesting to let low grades at school for it!

  17. Interesting post, never really understood this before. =p

  18. yeah dopamine is really dangerous. if i remember correctly it was the ventral tegmental area of the brain that responded to it. dopamine is also good for treating parkinsons

  19. The side effects sounds like me most of the time.

  20. interesting stuff

  21. Already kinda knew this, but was a great refresher! Glad that I'm not addicted to much..except the internet..

  22. good info, was interested in this during my psych lecture this year,

  23. Good to know. Thanks dude. (:

  24. The post didn't quite make it, but interesting nonetheless.

  25. Addiction is so simple to understand from a medical standpoint, but so hard to treat without additional medication.

  26. Interesting to read.

  27. I'm studying this stuff right now.

  28. scientific research related to drug addiction, I'm okay with this

  29. This entry is fuck*ng informative! Never thought my chemistry knowledge would come in handy some day!

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