The Use Of Addiction And Its Effects On The Body

1305 Words Jan 14th, 2016 6 Pages
A funny thing about emotions is that they can become addictive. Literally. All our emotions, from euphoria to depression, depend on the proteins segregated by our hypothalamus, a region in the lower brain area. Such proteins enter our blood stream and communicate the intended effect to EACH AND EVERY ONE of the cells we are made of. But the most astonishing aspect of the whole process is that the cell 's receptors in charge of processing those proteins are the ones in charge of processing other substances like, for example, heroine.

So affirming that a person can be addicted to a certain emotion (i.e., to the substance associated to that emotion), is certainly more than a metaphor. And, as our biological mechanism involved is the same that deals with drugs, the laws of addiction are here applicable too: under sustained exposure to a substance, the cell become more receptive to it and, as it gets more and more into the habit, it will require growing amounts of the same substance simply to recover its balance. Translated into the world of emotions, it means that the same emotion will have to be more intense and last for a longer period of time before the cell get satiated.

The nature of addictions

An addiction can be defined as any behavior that, in spite of being prejudicial for the subject (and he being aware of it), he decides to maintain (you can find the canonical definition here). In short, it could also be defined as "something that you can 't stop". Such…
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