Lack of Social Connection Causes Addiction Through Isolation

California Drug Rehab Center Finds Lack of Social Connection Causes Addiction

A California drug rehab center has found through profound study that there’s an association between addiction and a lack of social connection

Addiction and social connection

Addiction has mostly been associated with the use of drugs which leads to pleasurable effects in the brain. A new study by a California drug rehab center has found that the underlying cause of addiction relates to the inability of the addict to create emotional attachments of trust with other human beings. The study has concluded that the end goal of a recovering addict is not sobriety but the ability to connect with others and when they are incapable of doing this, those individuals are much less successful in their sobriety.

The effects of drugs on users

Drugs like cocaine and heroin have the ability to trigger neurochemicals into the brain that give a sense of euphoria. It was believed that these effects would cause the user to be addicted and cause immediate cravings. We know now that if that were the case, then each and every person trying alcohol or drugs would end up getting addicted and use it on a long term basis. However, statistics show that only 10% of people eventually get addicted after trying a potentially addictive substance. So what is it that leads some to get addicted and not others?

The Rat Park Study

The Rat Park study is a groundbreaking study on the effects of addiction on rats. Rats are very similar to human in terms of behavior, they are social creatures just like humans. An experiment was conducted wherein a rat was put in a cage with two bottles of water. One contained pure water whereas the other contained water laced with heroin. The rat tasted both bottles of water but was eventually addicted to the heroin laced water. The experiment was again repeated but this time instead of putting a single rat into the cage in isolation, 20 rats were introduced in a large cage filled with tasty rat food, colored balls, hamster wheels and spaces for mating. It was like rat heaven. The usual two bottles of pure and heroin water were again placed in the cage. This time an amazing thing happened, the rats ignored the heroin laced water and preferred to do social activities like playing and fighting. Even rats previously addicted in isolated cages were able to kick addiction when introduced into the bigger cage with multiple rats.

Associating the behavior with humans

This study has led California drug rehab centers to further capitalize on its findings and strengthens the claim that lack of social connection leads to a great chance of addiction. Humans being the most advanced life form on the planet need a bit more that just simple social activities to beat addiction. They need to be able to trust to create a strong emotional connection with another human being. The first step in creating a solid emotional connection is the ability to trust another person.

Childhood factors that affect the ability to connect

Studies have shown that children require constant attention and need to develop feelings of safety from their caregiver. If they form an emotionally secure relationship with their caregiver, they tend to be happier and develop into an emotionally stable adult. If they don’t form secure attachments with their caregivers then this leads to trust issues and the inability to connect with other human beings as an adult.

Secure Attachment and addiction

This again brings us to the topic of addiction cause it has a lot to do with it. The 10% of people who end up with addiction after trying a potentially addictive substance are the same people who did not receive a secure attachment in childhood from their caregivers. Their inability to form secure social connections in adulthood is one of the main reasons for their addictive behavior.

The way out

People who develop insecure attachment issues in their childhood need not suffer through their entire adulthood. California Rehab Center have found that through conscious effort people can earn their security back by participating in support groups, getting therapy and eventually forming healthy relationships. This finding has immense potential for addicts to heal from addiction by slowly building their ability to trust and form social connections. Although recovery is not easy, it is good to know that it is very much possible with patience and the right support group.

DOPAMINE The Science Behind Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Dopamine Science Behind Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment in California

Why the dopamine system is critical to limiting addiction and building higher tolerance levels in users

Neurotransmitters signal your brain/body to believe it can handle more

High dopamine levels are caused by alcohol and drug use. Your body tells the brain it is capable of handling more than it should probably consume. Due to the fact that other contributing factors (weight, height, size, gender,etc) also contribute to one’s tolerance levels, it is important to spot the early signs of possible abuse. Whether it is a parent, doctor, or friend, the earlier individuals deal with these higher tolerance levels, the easier it will be to stint and prevent eventual overdose.

Why dopamine levels are so insightful

Basically there are markers in the brain which indicate different characteristics/traits. The markers in the brains of individuals who are alcoholics and drug users, is higher than those with lower tolerance levels. Dopamine is one of the neurotransmitters which is believed to contribute to alcohol use/abuse. Since it doesn’t signal the brain to stop, those who drink more than they should, simply don’t feel the adverse effects of consuming in such high quantities. Spotting the markers is one of the best ways to determine individuals who might be at risk of becoming addicts, and can in turn provide medical professionals in addiction facilities to help individuals who suffer from abuse symptoms.

Neuroscience matters

Believe it or not, science matters! Many have believed for years that addicts simply had no self control, and didn’t want to stop using drugs or alcohol. On the contrary, those dopamine levels, the markers on the brain, and the higher levels for tolerance, are just a few of the scientific backings which prove why individuals use and abuse drugs and alcohol, and why it is important to spot these signs as early on as possible. The earlier professional testing is performed, the sooner appropriate measures are taken, and the more awareness is show by families/friends, and loved ones, the easier it is going to be in treating those who are suffering from, or might be going down the road to addiction and abuse. A simple chemical imbalance can lead to years of heartache and abuse. Therefore, if possible, families need to learn about different testing methods and signs which can help them determine how to help family members or loved ones in need, as it pertains to addiction treatment.

Why treatment can help prevent further overuse

Addiction treatment in California is possibly the easiest way to prevent further use/abuse of drugs and alcohol. Because those who have higher tolerance levels are going to feel like they “can handle their liquor,” or believe they have their abuse issues under control, their brain (and dopamine levels) aren’t going to tell them to stop using these drugs and alcohol. When individuals are in a professional addiction treatment in California facility, they are constantly monitored. They are around professional counselors and professionals who can help them. If nothing more, they are around doctors who will eliminate the possibility that they are using drugs and alcohol, while in the treatment facility.

The right addiction treatment facility can help

There are hundreds upon hundreds of addiction treatment in California facilities and centers one can check into when suffering from drug or alcohol abuse. Due to the nature of such abusive behavior, it will benefit patients to choose a facility which specializes in the specific type of addiction the patient suffers from. Further, if it is at all possible, families and patients should choose treatment centers which understand the science behind dopamine, neurotransmitters, and have performed research behind the science and testing being done, to help addicts who have these higher tolerance levels. Not only to ensure the best treatment is pushed forth with the patient, but also to ensure the treatment facility is employing the best treatment methods, and medication (if necessary) to help these individuals get and stay clean after treatment.