Activities involving some level of danger are often attractive to the sensation seeker. Whether it’s an extreme sport such as bungee jumping or sky diving, or choosing a career fraught with risk like firefighting or battling Wall Street, “adrenaline junkies” seek out the mood-changing endorphin rush they get when something wild happens.
Adrenaline is released in the body when excitement, fear, or anger overtake you. The “high” that can come from this can be enough for some people to pursue it, no matter the physical, legal, or financial risk. Unfortunately, studies have shown that those who are prone to sensation-seeking are also more susceptible to substance abuse, and, therefore, addiction.
Because the chemicals produced by adrenaline act like an internal pain killer, people can injure themselves if they aren’t careful. Adrenaline is what drives a firefighter to run into a burning building or a mother to miraculously lift a car off her child. In the heat of the moment, whether or not a person can do something is irrelevant. Survival demands they have to, so they do. This is true of addiction as well. The chemicals released in the brain when a substance is used will place seeking that sensation in the category of “necessary for survival”. In the addict brain, the addict must use, without regard to whether that drink or drug could be harmful, life-damaging, or even their last.
Constantly engaging in adrenaline surging activities can produce feelings of empowerment when one is repeatedly defying laws of physics and life-span probability. Like with any addictive substance, however, continued use and exposure only increases how much is needed to actually achieve the rush and the obsession to use can quickly begin to take shape.
If your need to feel powerful and in the rush of adrenaline is overshadowing the other aspects of your life or putting you at risk, then let the knowledgeable staff at Treatment Now help you. Contact us today.
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