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).