Chemical addiction, such as those addicted to illegal drugs, is the body’s instinctive reaction to seeing the drug as a positive. But what about behavioral addiction? For that, we need to delve deeper.
We mentioned above that some people never become addicted to drugs. Instead, they become addicted to ideas, actions, and other non-tangible practices. For these, regulated medication can suppress the addiction on a chemical level. Thus, sensory-seeking isn’t necessary for the dopamine fix. But if the medication wears off, the addiction is still there.
If the addiction is chronic to the point it’s ingrained, it’s become instinctive. Then many will act upon these impulses and cravings even when medicated. The explanation for this is psychological and engrained in trauma, whether self-inflicted or by others.