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How can a person be addicted to something that isn't an actual substance?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Neurotransmitters

The addiction or obssesion itself causes release of the brains own feel good chemicals such as Dopamine and/or endorphins.
Ever heard of a "runners high". Some gamblers have a reduced urge to gamble with the same drug used for alcohol cravings, naltrexone. Even with substances, once addiction is in place, the brain releases these same chemicals just with the thought of drugs, no drug needed.

In brief: Neurotransmitters

The addiction or obssesion itself causes release of the brains own feel good chemicals such as Dopamine and/or endorphins.
Ever heard of a "runners high". Some gamblers have a reduced urge to gamble with the same drug used for alcohol cravings, naltrexone. Even with substances, once addiction is in place, the brain releases these same chemicals just with the thought of drugs, no drug needed.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Richard Roberts
Clinical Genetics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Addictive behaviors

Some people become addicted to certain behaviors, driven by a compulsion to repeat them. Coca Cola and other soft drinks, sex, pornography, thrill seekers, and a host of others

In brief: Addictive behaviors

Some people become addicted to certain behaviors, driven by a compulsion to repeat them. Coca Cola and other soft drinks, sex, pornography, thrill seekers, and a host of others
Dr. Richard Roberts
Dr. Richard Roberts
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: Presumed value

I read in a book once "presumed value is everything" can't think of the person who said it - but it is what creates addiction, and this is what marketing department targets to sell to public.

In brief: Presumed value

I read in a book once "presumed value is everything" can't think of the person who said it - but it is what creates addiction, and this is what marketing department targets to sell to public.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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