The Dopamine Addict

The Dopamine Addict

There have been many sermons preached about alcohol and drug addictions, but I've not heard 1 sermon preached on dopamine addiction. Just like drug addicts, dopamine addicts are forever living for their next "hit". They behave just like a drug or alcohol addict when they don't get their "fix."

Health and medical experts describe dopamine as the chemical messenger that is naturally released from nerve cells in our brains. It acts on cells in different parts of our brain to produce a wide range of effects. One of its functions is to create a good feeling after we've done something enjoyable — this makes us want to do it again, and this is why dopamine plays a role in addiction.

The article I've linked below is titled: The Rise of the Dopamine Culture. I agree with the author concerning the risk of dopamine addiction that our young people face, and I believe it's worth the read.

Here is the article:

The dopamine culture runs contrary to "Biblical Culture", as our Holy Bible tells us that study is what Christians should be engaged in. Study will result in hard work and weariness of the flesh.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Ecclesiastes 12:12 ...and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

The Bible also says:

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

In Mark 14, Jesus said:

Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

None of the biblical behaviors of studying, meditating, or praying involves a quick fix high of dopamine. All of them require time, commitment and work. We must be willing to give ourselves over to biblical behaviors to guard against the worldly culture of dopamine addiction.