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Addiction And The Brain

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. As the addiction increases, effects on the brain makes users choose drug use over other things.


The moment a person develops dependence, his or her brain is highly set to use substances in spite of the effects. 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. Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. Treatment for addiction is evolving every day and has steadily become better over the years. If you or an individual you love is fighting to defeat dependence, acquire aid straight away.


Development Of Addictions

The human brain is an intricate organ managing all willing and unwilling step we embrace. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated 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 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.


The brain also has a section that controls dependency. This part of the brain is the limbic system. It is also known as "brain reward system" and it has a job to create feelings of enjoyment.



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Stimulating The Reward System Of The Brain

The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. Dependence on drugs occur when the reward system is constantly called to action. The brain reward system is usually sparked off when we engage in practices that are great for us. This is all part of natural instincts for adopting and survival. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


Addiction Biochemistry

One of the greatest influencers of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine signals the limbic system and occurs naturally in the brain. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside the brain.

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.

The dopamine released by addictive substances can be up to 10 times more than the amount released from normal actions.

Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. Essentially, the reward system is taken hostage by the drug.

The result is craving the substances that will bring dopamine levels back to normal. Not taking the drug automatically leads to despondency for such addicts.


Neurofeedback In Dependency

Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, Biofeedback. Neurofeedback trains the brain to learn to function better. 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 supports to aim the essential effects that may be causing dependence, like:

  • Desolation
  • Nervousness
  • Upheaval
  • 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 often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 246 1509.