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Intro Drugs are often thought of as dangerous substances that only addicts will abuse to feed their addiction. However, drugs can include a range of different molecules that all affect biological processes. Every neurological drug effects the user in a different way, changing the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. Most abused drugs are those that cause mood-altering effects on the user such as stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. Scientists are studying the ways that drugs interfere with the normal processes of the brain and how this can lead to long-term side effects. The future of drug dependence will change forever when a new type of prescription medications is released that can return the chemical balance in the brain to pre-addictive levels Body Paragraph Draft Word Count: 959 The brain is genetically programmed to reward itself when presented with pleasurable stimuli such as food, sex, or drugs. This rewarding feeling is provided when the brain becomes flooded with dopamine. Nora D. Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, cognition, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The overstimulation of this system, which rewards our natural behaviors, produces the euphoric effects sought by people who abuse drugs and teaches them to repeat the behavior.” (5)
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This being said, the brain can be taught to become addicted to anything from sugar to music. All drugs of abuse interact with this neurotransmitter and a few others to produce their euphoric and mood-changing effects. According to an online Mayo Clinic article they attribute that, “Most drug addictions start with casual or social use of a drug. For some people, using the drug becomes a habit, and its use becomes more and more frequent. As time passes, (the user) may need larger doses of the drug to get high.” (2) This may not come as a surprise but its true that what starts off as fun and games can lead
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