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Addiction And The Brain

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.


When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. Cravings for the substance can occur even after a lot of time has passed because any feelings or situations connected to the previous drug abuse can cause them, even though physical effects of a dependency are no longer present. This however does not make recovery an impossibility But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Addictions Happen

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human 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 promotes habitual drug misuse. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.


The brain has a part that is accountable for addiction. This section of the brain is known as the limbic system. The system, as well referred to as the "brain reward system," is accountable for creating emotions of pleasure.



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Igniting The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. An addiction can occur when this system is habitually activated with drug use. The brain reward system is usually sparked off when we engage in practices that are great for us. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.


For instance, we trigger the rewards system every time we drink water when we are feeling thirsty so we can keep performing that action again and again. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.


Addiction And The Biochemistry

Dopamine performs a very crucial role in the reward system. Dopamine is a natural chemical in the brain that transmits signals to the limbic system. Addictive substances act like dopamine or trigger its excessive production in the brain once they get into the reward 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.

Dependent drugs can discharge up to 10 times more dopamine than natural reward traits.

Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

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 Dependency

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. Neurofeedback is a brain coaching procedure that greatly aids the brain to adapt to perform better. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to the scalp. The controller then makes sure that the brain's activity is modified to preferable, healthier patterns by rewarding it.

Neurofeedback supports to aim the essential effects that may be causing dependence, like:

  • Depression
  • 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. Neurofeedback is often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. If you need assistance, contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will find one for you.