As well as affecting the size of the brain, research has discovered that addiction also alters the way cells actually function.
The Central Nervous System is the way in which messages are passed from the brain to various parts of the body. This CNS is like a network of wires connected from the brain, through the spinal column, to the body’s extremities. As each wire connects to another there is a small gap or ‘synapse’. The brain produces ‘neurotransmitters’ – chemicals which pass across these synapses ? to carry information and instructions to the desired part of the body. This constant passage of neurotransmitters is what directs our thoughts, feelings and behavior
Addiction causes chaos and disruption to the normal exchange of neurotransmitters in a multitude of ways. For example, addiction can flood the brain with an excessive amount of neurotransmitters or indeed prevent the brain from making neurotransmitters altogether. The damage that addiction can cause is limitless.