Addictions ‘Light Up’ the Brain

By Nat'l Psychologist Editor
June 26, 2011


Gary Lange Ph.D., MFT, says that when we eat great lasagna, get a warm hug or compliment, use a drug or addictive behavior – or even anticipate one of these, our brain lights up. What happens in the brain when we experience pleasure – including the pleasure induced by addictive behavior? Addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling and problematic behaviors, interrupt the normal balance of the brain and neurotransmitters.

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