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The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

2: Natural rewards

Natural rewards

Natural rewards such as food, water, sex, and nurturing allow the organism to feel pleasure when eating, drinking, procreating, and being nurtured. Such pleasurable feelings reinforce the behavior so that it will be repeated. Each of these behaviors is required for the survival of the species. Remind your audience that there is a pathway in the brain that is responsible for rewarding behaviors. This can be viewed in more detail in the next image.

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