Anyone who takes prescription painkillers like Vicodin or Percocet is at risk of developing a tolerance. This tolerance can lead to dependence and even opioid addiction, even when the medication is taken responsibly and as prescribed by a medical doctor.
We learn better when learning is a positive experience rather than aversive. This fundamental concept underlies learning as well as evidence-based clinical interventions like motivational interviewing. The brain’s “reward system” pushing us towards better adaptation to our environment.