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Addiction Recovery2018-08-01T16:01:45+00:00

ADDICTION RECOVERY

Individuals can suffer from addiction to many things:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Gambling

One of the main reasons addiction continues is because individuals associate specific cues with the addicting behavior, such as abusing drugs or alcohol in order to escape stressful situations or consistently smoking cigarettes in certain settings and at certain times of the day. In these situations, the part of the brain called the hippocampus pulls up memories of previous experiences related to the addicted behavior. Then the amygdala– another part of the brain– concentrates a person’s motivation on choosing behaviors associated with the past experiences in order to have the experiences again.

Every time this happens, the person’s brain reconsolidates the experience into memory so that it can be recalled later– most likely when the person is exposed to a substance-related cue.

There is increasing evidence that the use of CBD can aid in addiction recovery. One reason is because of the impact CBD has on memory. Studies show that CBD interferes with the reconsolidation process. This helps decrease the likelihood that the memory will be recalled when exposed to a cue, therefore reducing the frequency of future cravings.

Another reason CBD can help in addiction recovery is because research shows it can reduce the rewarding effects that substances, such as opioids or alcohol, have on a person.

In addition to helping with memory and the body’s reward system, CBD can be beneficial for individuals experiencing physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms such as: [link the ailments to their page on the website]

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Other mood disorders
  • Restlessness
  • sleeplessness/insomnia

Since the endocannabinoid system helps the body maintain an overall state of balance, studies have shown that introducing external CBD into the endocannabinoid system can help return the body to a balanced state. Addiction and the recovery process cause the body’s systems to become unbalanced just as other diseases and ailments do.

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