When Compulsion Takes Over [Infographic]

About 10 percent of Americans are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. The top three of these addiction causing drugs are marijuana, opioid (narcotic) pain relievers, and cocaine. The word “addiction” itself is derived from a Latin term for “enslaved by” or “bound to.” How do people become enslaved to drugs? Addictive drugs provide a shortcut to the brain’s reward system by flooding the nucleus accumbens with dopamine and overloading it.  Addictive drugs release two to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do, and they do it more quickly and reliably.

When compulsion takes over, the mere memory of a drug causes a desire to recreate the effect. Even after years of abstinence, an addict risks relapse due to the lasting memory formed in their addicted brain—this is known as conditioned learning.

To learn more about the state of the addicted brain, check out the infographic below.

Your Brain on Drugs
Image source: www.bestrehabcounselingdegrees.com

NowSourcinghttp://nowsourcing.com
Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

More from author

Leave a Reply!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Advertisment

Categories

Latest posts

Surprising Reasons to Consider Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help. They can help if you were...

Hassle-Free Word To PDF Conversion With PDFBear

We all work with different file formats every day. Sometimes, our tasks require us to convert file formats into other ones. A...

The 3 Simple Ways to Promote Your Business Online

Marketing strategies are crucial to any business or company. Your goal is to reach a wide range of audiences and convert them...

Want to stay up to date with the latest news?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and we will stay in touch. It's that simple!