Welcome to my blog about addiction. When I use the word addiction, I am referring to any obsessive-compulsive behaviors involving chemical subtances, food, sex, gambling, shopping, exercise, work, the computer/internet, stealing, video games, and other pleasurable behaviors. Although a large portion of the discussion is dedicated to substance addiction, a majority of the information can also be applied to other addictions/compulsions. But, the point is that anything pleasurable can become addictive, and all pleasure involves the neurochemical DOPAMINE. Understanding how this chemical works is key to recovery.