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Addiction And The Brain

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. Drug use is prioritized over everything else because of the alterations that happen in the brain when an addiction forms.


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 doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. If you or an individual you love is fighting to defeat dependence, acquire aid straight away.


How Addictions Evolve

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Feelings, decision-making, behaviour, basic motor skills, heart and breathing rates are all controlled by the brain. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. 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. Limbic system is responsible for this. It causes us to feel elated and is also called "brain reward system".



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Initiating The Brain Reward System

The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. When a person does something good for his or her wellbeing, it naturally triggers the brain reward system. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. So, the brain thinks that something significant for the survival is occurring every time something triggers this system. We experience satisfaction and elation when the brain now pays us for that.


Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. Dependent substances hijack this system, leading to emotions of joy for activities that are really dangerous. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

Dopamine has a critical function in the reward system. Dopamine signals the limbic system and occurs naturally in the brain. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

Normal levels of dopamine are caused by normal actions (like food, music, sex, drinking, etc.) and don't reprogram the brain for addiction.

Regular activities produce dopamine that is 10% of what drugs produce.

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. Producing the regular amount of dopamine needed by the body becomes difficult for the brain when drug is used for a long time. In reality, substances take the reward system hostage.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. Users that find themselves in these situations have to use drugs in order to feel good.


Neurofeedback And Addiction

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. A sensor is put on the scalp so that the therapist can track how the brain functions during the biofeedback. When the brain activity changes to positive, healthier pattern, the administrator rewards the brain.

Whatever can cause reliance on drugs will be identify by using neurofeedback, these include:

  • Intense sadness
  • Panicking
  • Being traumatized
  • Insomnia

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. Neurofeedback is a vital part of extensive recovery scheme at many treatment facilities. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 246 1509.