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Lack of attachment and opioid addiction

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Does lack of attachment contribute to opioid addiction?









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Re: Lack of attachment and opioid addiction

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Re: Lack of attachment and opioid addiction

In a very roundabout way, possibly. By attachment I'm assuming you mean the secure attachment of a child. If a child is not able to fork such an attachment I think it affects their development in all kinds of ways and has all kinds of repercussions, which eventually could lead to substance abuse.

Are you thinking of something more specific? Does a lack of attachment lead to some issues in the dopaminergic pathway, which might then cause someone to seek out opioids?
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Re: Lack of attachment and opioid addiction

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In a very roundabout way, possibly. By attachment I'm assuming you mean the secure attachment of a child. If a child is not able to fork such an attachment I think it affects their development in all kinds of ways and has all kinds of repercussions, which eventually could lead to substance abuse.

Are you thinking of something more specific? Does a lack of attachment lead to some issues in the dopaminergic pathway, which might then cause someone to seek out opioids?
A loving touch of a primary caregiver reduces emotional pain and promotes healthy development of endogenous opioid driven system in the infant’s brain.

When emotional pain is not reduced because the child does not have the loving touch of a primary caregiver, the endogenous opioid system in the child’s brain will not develop properly.

When the child grows up with unsoothed emotional pain, opioid addiction and other types of addiction are more likely.

Opioid addicts describe the feeling of taking opioids, as feeling like a soft warm hug.



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A loving touch of a primary caregiver reduces emotional pain and promotes healthy development of endogenous opioid driven system in the infant’s brain.

When emotional pain is not reduced because the child does not have the loving touch of a primary caregiver, the endogenous opioid system in the child’s brain will not develop properly.

When the child grows up with unsoothed emotional pain, opioid addiction and other types of addiction are more likely.

Opioid addicts describe the feeling of taking opioids, as feeling like a soft warm hug.
I don’t know if studies have been done regarding this, but my experience of (non-opioid) addiction, and witness of others’ opioid addictions as well as receipt of their stories, suggest to me that there is a link of some sort, and a strong one at that.


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