Excerpt from Page 22 – “Neurobiology of addiction”

Published August 21, 2016

HOOKED: A concise guide to the underlying mechanics of addiction and treatment for patients, families, and providers | Arwen Podesta, MD

Excerpt from Page 22 – “Neurobiology of addiction”

Everything we intake, do, feel, and think affects our brain chemistry.
Our brain chemistry affects everything we think, feel, do, and
intake. The chemicals that send the signals that affect our thoughts
and feelings are neurotransmitters. The most important neurotransmitters
in regard to addiction include dopamine, serotonin,
GABA, and glutamate.

The brain is the most complex organ to treat because, unlike the
heart or liver, doing the thing that is healthy for this organ is controlled
by the organ itself. It is like if you had both hands injured
and the only way you could put salve on the injuries was with your
hands, but they are both too injured to do so.