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Is drug addiction motivated by the desire to achieve euphoria or to avoid the downer?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Both: Addiction is driven by Dopamine in the brain, the reward center , the desire to achieve a hedonic state in other words equal state .A basic premise initially might be euphoria but later this is substituted by maintenance of function and not feeling sick in other words a hedonic state.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Both : Starts with experimentation and acting out ends up being hooked to avoid downers.

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