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What Are Neurotransmitters and What Role Do They Play in Addiction?

Neurotransmitters are substances in your brain that pass between individual nerve cells and relay chemical signals that allow these cells to work together and support your body’s essential functions. Certain drugs and behaviors alter the ways in which your brain produces its neurotransmitters, or alter the ways in which your brain’s nerve cells (neurons) respond to the presence of various neurotransmitters. Addiction occurs when these alterations change your basic brain chemistry and force you to rely on specific drugs or behaviors in order to maintain a “normal” chemical environment. Continue reading