Of the central nervous system dopamine is a big

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OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM"DOPAMINE IS A BIG PLAYER IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION. IT IS INVOLVED WITH FEELINGS OF PLEASURE AND PAIN, EMOTIONS, AND CONTROLLING BODILY MOVEMENT. WHEN DRUGS AND ALCOHOL GET INTO THE BLOODSTREAM, THEY FIT THEMSELVES INTO THE DOPAMINE RECEPTORS. THIS ARTIFICIAL CONNECTION CAN EITHER MAKE A MESSAGE HAPPEN OR PREVENT A MESSAGE FROM HAPPENING.THIS IS WHERE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL CAN BE SO DISRUPTIVE. AS A PERSON USES DRUGS AND ALCOHOL MORE AND MORE, THE BODY ADJUSTS TO THIS AND BECOMES MORE ATTACHED TO THE DRUGS THAN THE NATURAL DOPAMINE. THE BODY “FORGETS” HOW TO USE IT’S OWN DOPAMINE RECEPTORS IN THE NORMAL WAY. WHEN THE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL DISAPPEAR FROM THE BLOOD STREAM, THE BODY REVOLTS WITH UNCOMFORTABLE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS. CONSISTENT EXCESSIVE DRUG USE HAS SET UP THE BODY TO RELY ON SOMETHING EXTERNAL TO FUNCTION PROPERLY. THIS MAKES RECOVERING FROM ADDICTION SO DIFFICULT TO DO WITHOUT DRUG TREATMENT OR ALCOHOL REHAB."
EFFECTS OF ADDICTION ON THE COMPONENTS OF OTHER ORGANS"LEGAL OR ILLEGAL, DRUG ABUSE RESULTS IN MEDICAL CONSEQUENCES: CANCERS, CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER, HEART DISEASE AND STROKE, HIV, HEPATITIS AND LUNG DISEASE, TO NAME A FEW. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER ON ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, UNTREATED ADDICTION AND RISKY USE OF DRUGS CAUSES OR CONTRIBUTES TO MORE THAN 70 CONDITIONS REQUIRING MEDICAL TREATMENT. THESE EFFECTS OF DRUG ABUSE ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR 20 PERCENT OF ALL THE DEATHS IN THE U.S." (PLEIS, 2015)

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