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The Brain And Addiction

Changes In The Brain Because Of Addictive Substances

Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.


When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. Even though physical signs of a dependence will perish, scenarios or feelings connected to previous substance misuse can bring addictions years down the line. This however does not make recovery an impossibility Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. Should you or someone you love be battling an addiction, seek help soon.


How Addictions Evolve

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. Everything from basic motor skills to heart and breathing rates to emotions and behaviour to decision makes is controlled by the brain. The limbic system sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. This promotes habitual drug misuse. The highly intense, involuntary desire to utilize a drug - no matter the damage it may bring - is as a result of the real alterations that have taken place in the brain reward system. The most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. It causes us to feel elated and is also called "brain reward system".



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Setting Off The Brain Reward System

The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. When a person does something good for his or her wellbeing, it naturally triggers the brain reward system. This naturally helps us to change and survive. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. We experience satisfaction and elation when the brain now pays us for that.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Dependent substances hijack this system, leading to emotions of joy for activities that are really dangerous. Regrettably, dependent drugs have a much bigger impact on the brain reward system.


The Biochemistry Of Dependency

Dopamine performs a very crucial role in the reward system. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. Drugs can either act like dopamine or lead to an increase in dopamine in the brain when they are introduced to the limbic system.

Because the dopamine they produce is insignificant, regular activities like food, music, sex, and drinking, do not alter the brain and cause dependence although they can switch on the reward system.

Substances that are addictive can produce more that 10 times dopamine, that the normal reward activities.

Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. After prolonged substance ill-use, the human brain is not in a position to naturally create usual levels of dopamine. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. Not taking the drug automatically leads to despondency for such addicts.


Neurofeedback In Addiction

One dependence healing process gaining traction is neurofeedback. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. The therapy controller is supervising the brain activity while this process is being done by using sensors on the scalp. The controller then makes sure that the brain's activity is modified to preferable, healthier patterns by rewarding it.

Neurofeedback aids in discovering any primary issues that may be setting off addiction, for example:

  • Being depressed
  • Panicking
  • Trauma
  • Inability to sleep

People have found neurofeedback to be an effective recovery plan because it can assist the brain to adjust to life that is not built on drugs. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 to get connected to a treatment facility that can assist you.