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Which part of the brain plays a role in addiction?

Which part of the brain plays a role in addiction?

Dopamine reward: You can find some basic information about Dopamine and the reward system of teh brain, still sometimes called the limbic system at http://www.Addictscience.Com/drugs-and-dopamine all the very recent excitement about food addicion is localized to activation in the nucleus accumbens, one part of the brain involved in reward and craving. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Got a porn addiction and my brain is addicted plus my private parts get hard very quickly. I need help because I find it hard not be addicted. ?

Got a porn addiction and my brain is addicted plus my private parts get hard very quickly. I need help because I find it hard not be addicted.

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Porn additction: There are online and in person support groups for porn addiction. Consider 12 steps group work and books about that as well. Sorting out healthy sexual response from that which eats up hours of time, loss of sleep and work time, becomes the issue. Peace and good health. Inner freedom. ...Read more

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Which plays the biggest part in the smoking addiction, the mind or the body?

Which plays the biggest part in the smoking addiction, the mind or the body?

Both play a part.: Nicotine is definitely physiologicaly addicting. Smokers experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings as nicotine is eliminated from the body. Smokers also have very strong habits that involve hands, mouth, breathing, etc. At certain times and in response to certain triggers. Effective programs to stop smoking address the psychological as well as the physiological aspects of this addiction. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease of the brain?

Is addiction a disease of the brain?

Yes: Addiction is complicated, and is related to behavior, social factors, heredity, and physiology-->the brain and body. It is unlike a brain tumor, however, in that it does not attack an unsuspecting person behaving in healthful ways. But, after one's behavior has led to addiction, the brain is certainly involved and adversely affected, which decreases one's will power to break the addiction. ...Read more

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How does addiction effect the brain?

How does addiction effect the brain?

Alter reward pathway: Drugs alter reward pathway in brain - learn more at - http://learn.Genetics.Utah.Edu/content/addiction/. ...Read more

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What will addiction do to the brain?

A lot: Besides acting like a poison that we somehow can't stop taking, it creates action in nerve cells that's responsible for making us feel something we want to feel (or avoid what we don't want to feel. When we stop the drug, we have a hard time replacing the sensation we were looking for naturally. Often it hurts so much that we go back.With help we can get deal with our feelings naturally again. ...Read more

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How does addiction work in the brain?

How does addiction work in the brain?

Addiction: Certain substances will activate a center of the brain we have labeled the addiction center. This center of the brain is activated the behavior becomes reinforced to the point that it is difficult to suppress. Drugs will do this as well as will certain foods such as carbohydrates and high calorie meals. ...Read more

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How does addiction affect the teen brain?

How does addiction affect the teen brain?

Addiction: That depends on the substances abused, length of time using them, amounts used, tolerance, genetic susceptibility, general health. The list of substances is indeed endless. ...Read more

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What exactly is brain neurophysiology and how does it change in an addiction?

Biology of the brain: There are areas of the brain that become more active due to addictions. Neurophysiology can study the activity of these areas via eeg, mmg, fmri or other monitoring methods. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more