Why does addiction feel so good and is it caused by peer pressure?

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May 5th, 2015 6:23am
Addition feels good because it's meeting an unmet need. Addition isn't caused by peer pressure, it's caused by an unmet need. However naturally addictive drugs that mess with our brains is just downright dangerous and changes the game completely.
February 17th, 2015 6:29pm
Sometimes it is caused by peer pressure, but not always. It tends to give you a rush of relief you otherwise wouldn't feel, not to mention it's an addiction. It's something your body became accustomed to so that you could cope with whatever you were dealing with at the time.
June 16th, 2015 8:41am
Because of lots of things. Scientists will tell you that there are some chemicals which trigger our brain to be addicted to something (or even someone). Others will tell you that it's because humans have a tendency to want what they aren't allowed to. But I will tell you that addiction feels good because that's what it is. It's good and or it makes you feel good. Humans are skillful and adaptable - once they realize that a certain thing is not to their liking, they shy away from it. Yes, it can be caused by peer pressure, but that is not the only cause. Several factors such as the need to reduce pain can be a factor too.
October 23rd, 2015 10:49pm
Addiction is caused by a change in brain chemistry but beating that addiction is far easier without peer pressure and temptation
June 14th, 2016 3:03pm
Being addicted to something is being dependent on it. Addiction has several side effects. You can harm your health.
October 4th, 2016 7:49pm
addiction is a mind and mood altering thing where it changes a persons perception and when in addiction you hang out with people doing the same thing as you are.Addiction feels so good because
March 6th, 2017 9:48pm
Addiction doesn't feel good. Satisfying a need feels good. And if the need is great, the satisfaction is too. Getting to the toilet when you have a full bladder feels good. Eating a hot taco when you're hungry feels good. Getting a hug when you're lonely feels good. But needing alcohol to function does not feel good. The only thing in addiction that truly feels good is the satisfaction of a strong need.
May 22nd, 2017 6:00am
It can be caused by peer pressure and not always, and the reason addiction feels good is because there are two types: physical addiction, which is when your body responds well to certain chemicals (drugs or alcohol) and becomes dependent on them, and psychological addiction, which is when your body associates the substance with release and calmness (eg self-harming).