Love and drugs work similarly in the brain

Love and drugs

Love, drugs work similarly in the brain, researchers say.

Love is truly an addiction if you look at how it works in the brain, scientists say. Those who study the neurobiology of social bonding in humans and in some animals say those areas of attachment and affection share many of the same areas of the brain and the same chemical messengers as drug addiction.

The chemical messenger oxytocin, for instance, is involved in the birth process and lactation in women and causes the mother to develop a strong attachment to the baby.

Also for instance, withdrawal is a major problem for treating addiction and is involved in the release of stress hormones, he said. People who lose partners go through similar things in their brains and could be treated in similar ways.