The Paradox of Drug Addiction

psychpost | 8/06/2012 02:00:00 PM
We know the risks associated with drug use, but why do we continue to take them? Source

There are many drugs which are capable of damaging our bodies, our relationships with others, and can cause legal and financial issues.We are aware of the possible consequences, yet we have a large number of people who are addicted to drugs.

This raises the question: How can a person develop and maintain a pattern of drug use that is clearly destructive to the individual's life?

This paradox is seen with many different behaviors other than drug use (ie. overeating). In my next post I will be presenting two theories on how we believe drug addiction develops. One theory will focus on alleviating withdrawal symptoms and the other will focus on the rewarding effects of dopamine in the mesolimbic pathway (nucleus accumbens).

6 responses to "The Paradox of Drug Addiction"

  1. Anonymous | August 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM says:


  2. Hey. I just graduated from UCSD. Looks like you have a great blog here.Will check back for psych info!!

  3. does this apply purely to drug addiction, since many can maintain other types of addictions that are destructive?

  4. It can apply to any behaviors that are harmful and persist even though there are problems.

  5. i love your topics!
    looking forward to that post

  6. Clowers LCSW | October 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM says:

    Youngsters revealing hostile conduct have a danger of dependence to marijuanas, nicotine, and other drugs, while signs of inattention represent a certain added danger of a addiction to nicotine. There appears to be no certain dangers of drug abuse or reliance connected with hyperactivity. These studies arised from a adolescent population-based research, by specialists at Harvard, published here.

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