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“My Addiction Does Not Mean I Want To Feel High.” Inside of Drug Addiction.

It is more about the “feeling experienced” following the behavior; just as rewarding as overeating or shopping addiction may grow. 

Drug Addiction. 
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Being addicted to drug, as Matthew Perry, during his interview with New York Times describes — “It’s all math. You go to this place and you take three. Tomorrow you head to that place, you will take five.” But challenging our assumptions towards drug use, it is likely that humans are seldom addicted to the drug substance. 


Rather it is more about the “feeling experienced” following the behavior; just as rewarding as overeating or shopping addiction may grow. “I wasn’t doing it to feel high. I just wanted to sit on my couch, take five and watch the TV. That was heaven for me,” affirmed Perry.


The euphoric rush often has an emotional meaning attached with it. A person’s reliance on alcohol or drug may depict his ability to tolerate distress. He could not find any alternative strategy to cope with a negative emotion, any better than engaging with drugs. 


Even though, initially, they use substance as a means of mood modification, down the road, “It increases the person’s neuroadaptation,” suggests Amanda Giordano, in a 2021 addiction report. Generally, the goal of daily survival is to increase the probability of positive emotion, while decreasing the difficult or negative ones. Drug abuse, for this reason, becomes a predictable tool of dependence. 


“Drugs help me escape.” Or “They give me the feeling that i’m looking for.” — are common reasons aligned to seeking positive emotions, despite being maladaptive. With time, not only their tolerance for drugs increases, in pursuit of seeking pleasure, but they may also attain a sense of hopelessness and shame coming along. This may explain why part of recovery may involve seeking support and preparing for relapse, just incase it takes place.



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