Receptors and Addiction

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Receptors, particularly in the context of addiction, play a pivotal role in how your brain interacts with various substances, including narcotics and alcohol. These receptors are specific proteins located on the surface of cells, particularly in the brain, and they function as critical communication points for transmitting signals.

When you consume a narcotic substance or alcohol, these chemicals interact with your brain’s receptors in various ways. Some substances mimic the brain’s natural neurotransmitters, while others block or alter the release of these neurotransmitters. This interaction is what triggers the drug’s effects, whether it’s a sense of euphoria, relaxation, or pain relief.

One notable example is the opioid receptors in the brain. When opioids are used, they bind to these receptors, leading to pain relief and feelings of pleasure. However, this binding also stimulates the brain’s reward system, which can lead to the development of dependency and addiction. Similarly, alcohol interacts with several types of brain receptors, including those for neurotransmitters like gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate, which influence feelings of relaxation and intoxication.

The concept of receptors is central to understanding addiction’s biological underpinnings. Historically, addiction was often misunderstood as a purely behavioral issue. However, research into how substances interact with brain receptors has provided insight into the physiological aspects of addiction. It’s now understood that these interactions can lead to changes in brain structure and function over time, contributing to the chronic nature of addiction.

In terms of treatment, understanding receptors has led to more targeted approaches. For example, medications used in addiction treatment, like methadone or buprenorphine for opioid addiction, work by interacting with the same receptors as the addictive substance but in a more controlled manner. This helps in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

For you or someone you care about grappling with addiction, it’s important to recognize that addiction is not a choice or a moral failing but often a result of complex interactions within the brain. Treatment, therefore, needs to address these biological aspects along with psychological and social factors.

Receptors in the brain play a fundamental role in addiction, influencing how substances affect you and contributing to the development and maintenance of addiction. Understanding these receptors is key to developing effective treatment strategies and creating a more compassionate and informed approach to addiction and recovery.

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    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

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    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

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    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

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