Opioids and other drugs are addictive because of the effect they have on the brain. They cause a release of dopamine which gives users a pleasurable feeling. With repeated exposure to drugs, the brain becomes resistant to higher levels of dopamine, so more of the drug is needed raise dopamine levels even higher to achieve the same pleasurable feeling. This is how addiction begins.

An experimental study is looking at a procedure using electrodes implanted in the reward center of the brain (where dopamine is made) to silence the craving for drugs and the dopamine rush. Read more:


Mental Health Resources:

Anne Arundel County Crisis Warmline (24/7)

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline (24’7)

National Suicide Prevention Hotlines
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)