Addiction is the result of a chemical change in the brain. With the use of substances such as alcohol, the brain produces more dopamine, the hormone that makes us feel happiness. With time, the brain becomes rewired to associate the dopamine spike with substance use and then the brain will focus on doing anything to maintain the same feeling. Over time, a person will develop a tolerance to substances and require more alcohol to get the same effect, requiring Dayton alcohol rehab treatment.
Other reasons that people turn to alcohol could be a coping mechanism to deal with a painful event or mental illness such as bipolar or PTSD. In this sense, veterans, first responders, or the homeless are commonly impacted by alcohol addiction since they often turn to alcohol to numb traumatic events.