It's incredible how much processes in our body depends on hormonal balance. There is an opinion supported by several studies that some people naturally have a reduced level of endorphins production, or so-called "feel-good chemicals". As a rule, such people tend to be addicted to alcohol, food, drugs, gambling. There are also different kind of addictions—to other people, life-threatening situations, social networks, and so on.

The same mechanism unites all of them - the subject of addiction acts as a psychostimulant and allows you to get a dose of endorphins. Endorphins often occur in conjunction with adrenaline, a stress hormone. In this regard, adrenaline addiction is fascinating to consider. Some people like to walk "on the edge" all their life, and I'm one of them. A quiet and peaceful life doesn't bring such vivid emotions and such a dose of endorphins, as a life filled with thrills. Anyone who has ever made a step into the void with a parachute behind his back, who climbed onto the roof of a building without insurance, or at least made a bungee jump—can understand what I'm talking about. These emotions are so inexpressible and awesome that it’s even hard to put them into words. Why is this happening? And is it necessary to overcome adrenaline addiction?

Everything is simple enough: a surge of adrenaline causes short-term physiological stress in our body. After that, it "covers" you with a wave of endorphins — like exultation about the fact that you survived, got over your fear, crossed the line and came back alive. This, for example, explains that wounds of winners heal faster than wounds of defeated. The main thing is the ability to control yourself and your needs. An analogy can be drawn in that connection with fetishism—there is fetishism within the normal range, and there is a pathology. When a man likes, for example, red lipstick on a woman's face, it is normal, but if he sees only the lipstick, this is already a deviation. In other words, if an inanimate object comes to the fore in sexual arousal, and the person sees not the other person, but only this object, this is not healthy. The same goes with adrenaline addiction, as long as it exists as a way to bring yourself some pleasure, you may not panic while it acts as an additional, but not the main source of pleasure. But if it becomes a sense of life and a goal in itself, then perhaps it’s worth to ring the alarm.