What do neurotransmitters in the brain do?

Neurotransmitters in the brain are chemical messengers that transmit nerve impulses from neuron to neuron. The amount of each kind of neurotransmitters in the brain can have a profound effect on one’s self perception and outlook on life. An individual’s levels of neurotransmitters in the brain can even influence our decision-making process.

People with low amounts of certain types of neurotransmitters such as serotonin neurotransmitters are more inclined to become addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Alcohol and certain drugs raise those deficient neurotransmitters in the brain, allowing people to feel “normal.” People often become addicted to alcohol or drugs because of what’s occuring in the brain at the neurotransmitter level, and the good feelings that result.

To learn more about your neurotransmitters in the brain and the science behind addiction, you can read, Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety, written by addictionologist, Dr. Von Stieff. You’ll find vital information about successful cutting-edge new methods to counter addiction.