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Drugs and Brain Reward System

When a person is exposed to drugs or alcohol, a neurotransmitter like dopamine will be released into the reward system of the brain. The release of dopamine prompts pleasurable sensations, which is the driving force for people with addictions to continually seek drugs. At South Bay Connect Treatment Center, we help people change the “drug seeking” habits into a healthier lifestyle.

Cocaine and methamphetamine are both stimulant drugs that release the most dopamine into the reward pathway. As cocaine and meth users continue their drug use long term, the dopamine response levels decrease, which is called habituation. Habituation often leads to tolerance and the need to use more drugs to achieve effect.  Visit South Bay Connect Treatment Center in San Pedro to see how you or a loved one can break this cycle of chemical addiction.

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