Imagination and myth are important parts of our identity as a species. As far as we know, we are the only species on earth capable of imagining our own death, and creating stories to try to make sense of it. We love to play with images, to make literary and artistic connections, and to create models to describe our world, and even alternate universes.


There is a biochemistry associated with imagination and fantasy. It probably involves the neurotransmitter dopamine (DA). Schizophrenics have either too much DA, or too many DA receptors. They may also have a deficiency of the enzyme dopamine B-hydroxylase. This would decrease the rate at which DA is converted into its next metabolite, which happens to be norepinephrine (NA).


Those addicts whose drugs of choice are LSD, marijuana, or other hallucinogens use them to produce a fantasy state. But they are not the only fantasy addicts. There are people who become addicted to television, books, role-playing games (like Dungeons and Dragons), movies, or video or computer games. Fantasy is a place that everybody visits. Those who take up residence are either psychotic or fantasy addicts.


If your primary addiction is not hallucinogens but other fantasy not involving drugs, you will have to piece together your own recovery program. You are not likely to find a TV Anonymous meeting near you. If you use hallucinogenic drugs, you will probably find support at Narcotics Anonymous. If you just recognize that fantasy is part of your total addictive pattern, you can probably take it into account in your other Twelve-Step programs.

Fantasy, see also: Arousal, Control, Emotional aspects, Marijuana, Satiety.

Updated 6 Sep 2015

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