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Addiction And The Brain

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

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.


The moment a person develops dependence, his or her brain is highly set to use substances in spite of the effects. Situations or circumstances that relate to former substance abuse can provoke craving years later, even though the physical symptoms have stopped. Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


How Addictions Come About

The human brain is an intricate organ managing all willing and unwilling step we embrace. 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 puts out chemicals that elevate the mood of the user when an addictive substance is taken. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. This section of the brain is known as the limbic system. The limbic system, also referred to as " reward system for the brain" is responsible for the pleasure emotions.



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Stimulating The Reward System Of The Brain

The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. An addiction can occur when this system is habitually activated with drug use. When a person does something good for his or her wellbeing, it naturally triggers the brain reward system. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.


For instance, when you quench your thirst by drinking water, the reward system is activated, hence we do this again and again. 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.


Dependency Biochemistry

Dopamine has a critical function in the reward system. Dopamine signals the limbic system and occurs naturally 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.

The reason usual activities that spark off the brain reward system (drinking, food, music, sex, and many more) don't reprogram the brain for dependence is due to the production of normal rates of dopamine.

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

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. The "high" that comes with substance abuse is the consequence. After prolonged substance ill-use, the human brain is not in a position to naturally create usual levels of dopamine. Basically, the reward system is under the arrest by drugs.

The result is craving the substances that will bring dopamine levels back to normal. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.


Addiction And Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. 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
  • Apprehension
  • Upheaval
  • Inability to sleep

By supporting the brain to readapt how to be without substances, neurofeedback has shown to be a really victorious dependence treatment for a good number of people. Neurofeedback is a vital part of extensive recovery scheme at many treatment facilities. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.