One role that dopamine has in your brain is for reward-motivated behavior. When you take a drug that affects the brain's pleasure center, dopamine is released at a higher rate than what is normal for a reward behavior. This is what makes drugs seem more important than a lot of other activities in life. Food, music, and art can all affect dopamine production in the brain but not to the extent of a drug such as cocaine. During rehabilitation, you should take part in music or art appreciation events in order to give your brain the dopamine increases it needs, even though it won't be to the extent of the drug. This is a great way to get out with others who have addiction and to talk about the struggles and what helps as well as to be part of an activity that will cause dopamine to increase.
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