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The Brain And Addiction

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.

Negative effects of substance abuse are ignored once a dependency is developed since that person's brain is completely rewired. 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. 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. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.

How Addictions Evolve

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. Thanks to specific modifications that the brain's rewards system has experienced, a person will, despite dangerous consequences, feel a severe, involuntary craving to use a drug. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.

The brain also has a section that controls dependency. Limbic system is responsible for this. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.

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Setting Off The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. When we do things that are good for us, he brain reward system is activated naturally. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.

For example, when we get thirsty, we drink water, which stimulates the reward system so we continue to repeat this action. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.

Dependency And The Biochemistry

One of the greatest influencers of the reward system is dopamine. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

Regular actions that trigger the brain reward system (eating, drinking, sex, music') don't rewire the brain for dependency because they release regular dopamine levels.

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

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

The outcome is addiction to substances that will bring back dopamine levels to natural. Someone in this position can no longer feel normal without the substance.

Neurofeedback During Addiction

Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. Another name for this is Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. In this process, sensors are placed on the patient's scalp by the therapy administrator to monitor brain activities. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.

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

  • Desolation
  • Unnecessary worries
  • Trauma
  • Sleeplessness

Neurofeedback has shown that it is a great treatment for drug dependency with numerous patients by helping the brain comprehend how to function without 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.