Can Love Be Biologically Addictive?

brain(Telegraph) Love is the drug, scientists find

By Agencies 1:29PM BST 11 Jul 2014

Cambridge University scientists find that those with drug addiction and sex addiction have similar neurological responses

 When Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry declared that ”love is the drug” he may have been speaking the truth.

Cambridge University scientists have found that sex and drug addiction may be two sides of the same neurological coin.

When diagnosed sex addicts looked at explicit sexual images, it triggered brain activity very similar to that seen in people dependent on drugs.

But the researchers caution that this does not suggest pornography is generally addictive.

Lead scientist Dr Valerie Voon, from Cambridge University, said: ”The patients in our trial were all people who had substantial difficulties controlling their sexual behaviour and this was having significant consequences for them, affecting their lives and relationships.

”In many ways, they show similarities in their behaviour to patients with drug addictions. We wanted to see if these similarities were reflected in brain activity, too.

”There are clear differences in brain activity between patients who have compulsive sexual behaviour and healthy volunteers. These differences mirror those of drug addicts.”

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