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Often, behaviors can be repeated without knowing exactly why they are being done. Be it smoking, working excessively, eating compulsively, maintaining a painful relationship, or looking at the phone every two minutes. There is a wide variety of ways to act whose motivation is not obvious, let alone conscious.
As usual, the cause of the addiction is usually attributed to an external cause, in this case the different addictive substances such as opiates, nicotine or alcohol. However, the reaction that these substances generate in our body is nothing more than the stimulation of various neurotransmitters associated with pleasure, such as dopamine, serotonin or endorphins.
We have the ability to generate these neurotransmitters naturally, however, addicts seek to over-stimulate these neurological centers through substances or actions that eventually turn into compulsions.
Psychology professor Bruce Alexander has been studying addiction for decades and has achieved breakthrough results that contradict anything commonly thought of as adictitious drugs.
In one of his experiments, he studied a rat locked in a cage with two containers in which he could drink: drinking water and water containing heroin. In this environment, the rat consumed adulterated water with the drug until overdose and death.
However, in order to validate this experiment, he did the same study with a group of rats, females and males, living in what might be called a “amusement park” for rats. Curiously, in this environment in which they could play, interact and reproduce, they drank only clean water, and none consumed water with heroin.
In later studies, he tried to prove the same influence of the environment on humans.
In this case, the soldiers who returned from the Vietnam War were studied. In this wartime environment, 20% of North American Army soldiers consume heroin recursively.
According to the classical theory of dependence, it was assumed that once they returned home, they would have developed addiction and would continue to have these harmful habits. The surprise was to discover that 95% stopped using heroin when the environment in which they lived changed.
Similarly, people treated after a diamorphine operation – an even more potent drug than heroin – do not develop addiction once they return home, as they return to an emotional environment they do not have. need. away. Many other studies and meta-analyzes support this hypothesis.
As we can see, in the end, it is not the drug itself that causes the addiction, but the state dependence that results from it.
We can therefore say that the emotional environment is a determining factor in the development of dependence.
Dependencies allow people to flee a conflicting situation or environment they do not know how to deal with because they do not have the tools and capabilities they need.
In the same way, we can consider that there are addictions or emotional dependences, making someone dependent on someone, who serves – as any dependence – to overcome his own discomfort, since it will be this person who solves what the individual does not know how to solve on his own.
The use of drugs or addictive behaviors serves as an escape from the environment in which we live.
When we disconnect from our environment, because we do not know how to handle it emotionally, dependencies appear as a new form of connection, in this case with a substance or behavior with which we establish a relationship of dependence. When we are able to interpret and respond more adaptively to our environment, addictions cease to make sense.
Through this change of perception and the development of skills that allow the individual to develop with greater emotional maturity, he changes his perception of his reality; and may choose, this time without conditioning, a healthier way of establishing rapport with himself and the world.