I do not know if this has been discussed. If it has please point me in the right direction.
I have noticed that quite a few on "born again" xtians come from a background of some sort of addictive behaviors. Sex, drug, alcohol, gambling etc. seem to be their stock in trade. Is there some correlation between this behavior and "finding" religion. A couple of questions come to mind.
1) Does "feeling the rapture" or whatever they call it have an effect on the same neurotransmitters involved with addiction?
2) We know that an orgasm involves certain chemicals in our pleasure center. So do these people have orgasms during a "rapture" session?
3) Does continual attendance at church create a physical addiction like heroin where the more you get the more you need?
4) Does this also dull the senses like alcoholism?
Lastly, have there been any studies, clinical trials to investigate this?
In my 30 years of pharmacy practice I have seen people with addictive/compulsive behavior go from alcohol to vitamins to marathon like exercise routines and so on. There are so many other ramifications that accompany addictions that involve families, communities, the economy. It would be very interesting if there was actually a public health issue for the discontinuation and possible criminalization of spreading religious practices. So, ideas thoughts.