Physiological Basis Of Addiction Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Research and technology have increased awareness of addiction processes work, with advanced achievement in the discovery and the mapping of neurotransmitters and hormones which strongly affect our feelings and inclinations. These new aspects of endocrine and nervous system function are key to the increased understanding of addiction. They have major roles in perception, cognition, and expression. But more importantly, they regulate and determine moods, emotions and motivations. Here is where addiction resides!
Scientific method is used by cultural and sociological investigators. Here, it is not the method of investigation but the underlying assumptions on the basis of addiction which lead the research astray. Is pre-addictive drug use a product of social and environmental factors, or is it an attempt at well being, given certain states which can exist in the brain and endocrine
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Psychologists must expand on, not yet mainstream therapies, which share a goal of physiological balance between systems. As fragmentation of medicine has vastly improved aspects of specialist medicine, the more basic and important concerns of general well being and preventative medicine have been ignored.
Clinical psychologists should emphasize established applications which have homeostatic balance, overall psychological, or mental and physical health, as goals. Psychologists must show that the health and well being of our communities would be well served by counselors and educations who promote self awareness and preventative health behaviors.
Alternative therapies should be advanced in clinical treatment of addiction, such as biofeedback, exercise, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. We must help clients avoid synthetics, unnecessary food additives, environmental stress and pollution whenever possible. The 60's and 70's were correct in trying to help us return to a holistic form of health care in counseling and

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