Addiction can distort a person’s ability to make decisions regarding their life. It is a condition that modifies the brain’s structure and function.
Addiction has an extended and influential effect on the brain which, according to Harvard Health Publishing, is displayed in three ways: ‘craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.’ The brain registers all pleasures in the same way, whether they come from drugs or a great meal, and the neurotransmitter dopamine—which is regularly linked with pleasure—when it is released.
The word ‘addiction’ comes from the Latin term for ‘enslaved by’ or ‘bound to.’ If you have fought to overcome an addiction or have helped someone else to do so, you will understand why this is so significant. It is not something that is easy to overcome and is immensely life altering. However, it is not impossible to leave that life behind.
The Breaking the Habit meeting is an opportunity to be strengthened, to renew confidence, and to regain the power of decision-making in order to fight against any negative habit you may be facing.
It takes place every Sunday at 4pm at the Rainbow Theatre, 232 Seven Sisters Road, N4 3NX.