Beating the Dopamine Trap

One of the tools we can use to escape from the alcohol trap is dopamine. 

 

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that most people think make us feel happy, but is actually associated with reward and motivation.

 

There are three ways that we can not only outsmart dopamine as it tries to encourage us to drink, but we can harness it to our advantage.

 

  1. Become mindful & aware of “false promises”

 

Start noticing when dopamine receptors are trying to make you push you towards believing something will make you feel good, but that will actually make you feel guilty, unhappy and just craving more.

 

So when you find yourself craving a drink so badly you can’t think of anything else, remind yourself what’s actually happening in your brain, and that dopamine just wants you to feel cravings, not satisfaction (that sneaky lizard brain).

 

And if you do give in and have that drink, and feel sick and furious after the first rush has...

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