We have to ask ourselves, not why the #addiction, but why the #pain.
Not all #addictions are rooted in #abuse or #trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the #gambler, the #InternetAddict, the #CompulsiveShopper and the #workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden—but it’s there. As we’ll see, the effects of early #stress or adverse #experiences directly shape both the #psychology and the #neurobiology of addiction in the #brain.
Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and the where the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or to behavioural addictions such as shopping or sex. #ayahuasca #DrGaborMate