People trying to solve these kinds of mysteries tend to isolate the cause of the problem to one simple variable, such as, addiction is purely brain chemistry or addiction is from one’s genetics.

Although I think things like brain chemistry can eventually play into addictions, I do think that it makes a lot of sense as to why being an isolated person without many deep connections with other people would turn to substances, gambling, or sexual addictions to feel a “rush” or to “medicate” the pain of loneliness they might be feeling.

Also, consider that although people are all around us, and we can see what our friends may be doing on social media, we aren’t actually interacting with many of them, and most interactions with people on a day to day basis don’t have much deep meaning to them. So, the paradox of being able to see or superficially interact with people, but not actually connect in a more meaningful way, may create more unease for someone running to addictions.

There are some theories out there as well related to becoming addicted to the chemical part of the “rush” of an addiction, but perhaps, initially it was that person’s attempt to feel connected or avoid feeling some kind of pain.

It is also important to note that some people that are very isolated are isolated because they are being self-protective and may not realize it, but their attempt to not be hurt by keeping people at a distance may be what is leading to their addictions that they are running to to find a release.

Read the article. I like the idea of research that isn’t just focused on the biology or “mechanical” views of addiction.

What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.