Dope and dopamine: heroin’s impact on the brain

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Feeling pleasure, pain and other sensations is a natural, dynamic phenomenon that occurs within the human body. Through a set of bodily-made substances known as endogenous opioids, an individual can effectively react to different environmental stimuli due to the chemical changes the opioids stimulate. However, when a person is controlled by a manipulative and addictive drug like heroin, foreign and potent chemicals replace the natural elements inside the body. As a result, these pathways of reward are abused with the high demands from one’s dependency and leads to an adapted need for more stimulation. Visit www.californiadetoxhelpline.com

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Dope and dopamine: heroin’s impact on the brain Feeling pleasure pain and other sensations is a natural dynamic phenomenon that occurs within the human body. Through a set of bodily-made substances known as endogenous opioids an individual can effectively react to different environmental stimuli due to the chemical changes the opioids stimulate. However when a person is controlled by a manipulative and addictive drug like heroin foreign and potent chemicals replace the natural elements inside the body. As a result these pathways of reward are abused with the high demands from one’s dependency and leads to an adapted need for more stimulation. One pathway that is hijacked by a serious addiction is the production of dopamine. A history of scientific findings has paved the understanding of heroin’s effect on the brain including its specific impact on an addict’s dopamine levels. In an imaging study that measured the availability of dopamine and serotonin in heroin users results highlighted a noticeable conflict between previous research trials Cosgrove et. al. 2010. Two major trends existed: chronic heroin use was either associated with lower dopamine availability or no major differences at all. Another interesting finding was that studies that found less dopamine examined addicts after 10 days of detox while studies that found no chemical changes observed subjects still actively addicted. In the context of addiction the relationship between heroin and dopamine still has a lot of deeper details to be discovered. Opiates may influence a unique effect on the nervous system or specific chemical changes may occur after a person becomes abstinent. As research in the field regarding heroin’s psychological influences progresses the most innovative mental health facilities in California can apply this new knowledge and help at-risk and underserved demographics get effective support.

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