The recent face biting attacks has led one therapist suggesting that the act of cannibalism can be addictive and similar to cocaine that releases a chemical into the pleasure center of the brain.
In fact, it causes euphoria after the person turns their fantasy into a reality said Karen Hylen, a therapist at Summit Malibu Treatment Center in California.
In the past, cannibalism has been linked to religion or people have resorted to it for sheer survival. However, now a connections has been made with addiction and mental illness.
“People who have engaged in this act report feelings of euphoria or get a ‘high’ by performing the action to completion,” Hylen told The Huffington Post.
“These individuals have psychopathic tendencies and are generally not psychotic. They know exactly what they are doing.”
When cannibals finally act on their fantasies and hunt down a victim, the feeling they get from eating flesh releases dopamine in the brain and gives them a high which they want to feel again.”
Hylen explained that the cannibal’s mind then becomes conditioned to seek out more flesh to eat and they also thrive on the process of hunting down a victim.
The cannibal is unable to stop, according to the therapist, until someone else intervenes. The addiction is so strong it is similar to taking a drug like cocaine.
Unlike other addictions, the chances of the average person becoming addicted to cannibalism are exceptionally low. Because it is such a rare phenomenon, treating cannibals is difficult and there is no cure.
There has been an alarming rise in the number of cannibal attacks. During Memorial Day Weekend, Rudy Eugene, 31, originally from Haiti, chewed off the eyes, nose and mouth from the face of Ronald Poppo.
Eugene was eventually shot and killed by a Miami police officer after he refused to stop eating his 65-year-old victim on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach. He was allegedly high on a potent drug called ‘bath salts’.