Studies have proven the destructive power that certain addictions can have on the human body. Some scientists even suggest that nicotine addiction may be the worst addiction that the world has faced.
However, have you ever wondered what makes nicotine so addictive?
If you are reading this blog, then I suppose you have…so let’s find out.
First, nicotine addiction is not a simple addiction; it is what’s known as a physical addiction, which means that the human body experiences relief and/or pleasure upon ingesting the substance and a tangible discomfort (i.e. withdrawal) when we don’t ingest. The same can be said for other drugs like opioids, but it is suggested that nicotine is more addictive.
Nicotine addiction happens when nicotine molecules interact with receptors in the brain. Once nicotine molecules contact these receptors, a process called acetylcholine begins. Acetylcholine is responsible for making humans alert and conscious. By triggering this process, you could say that nicotine makes the mind livelier.
In addition to acetylcholine, nicotine also turns on dopamine processes. Dopamine is responsible for attraction and is the real driving force behind addiction—it is our pleasure center.
Once nicotine has entered the body, the molecules colonize our pleasure or comfort centers. When more of these comfort centers are turned on than discomfort centers, the brain (i.e. the human) does not want to quit the substance causing the pleasure. Moreover, the receptors even grow accustomed to the feeling, which is what causes humans to feel withdrawal if we take the substance away.
A Study on Addiction
American researcher Gene Heyman has studied the science behind addiction since the 1970s. In one such addiction study, he compiled information about the duration of time it takes people to give up several addictions.
According to his findings, he discovered that cocaine users were able to recover from their addiction in an average of four years, and those who were clinically dependent on marijuana took six years.
By comparison, those who were addicted to alcohol and nicotine took longer surprisingly. Alcoholics took on average 15 years to lose their dependency completely, and those with nicotine addictions took an average of 30 years.
You sure won’t see that factoid on the side of a cigarette package!
This gives scientific credence to the struggle those who wish to abstain from smoking tobacco cigarettes fight each day. Moreover, it also shows that those who struggle should not feel discouraged by setbacks.
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