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The Brain And Addiction

Addictive Substances And Adjustments In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. 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. 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 doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. Treatment for addiction is improving every day and has swiftly advanced over the years. If you or an individual you love is fighting to defeat dependence, acquire aid straight away.


Development Of Addictions

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. The brain fully controls normal motor skills, heart and breathing levels, feelings, behaviour and decision-making. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. 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 has a part that is accountable for addiction. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. The system, as well referred to as the "brain reward system," is accountable for creating emotions of pleasure.



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Setting Off The Brain Reward System

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 limbic system is automatically set off whenever we engage in pleasurable activities. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. This behaviour is then rewarded by the brain by feelings of happiness.


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 has a critical function 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.

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.

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

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. 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. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.


Neurofeedback And Addiction

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. 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. When the brain changes its own activities for the better and to more healthier routines, the administrator rewards it.

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

  • Intense sadness
  • Being anxious
  • Trauma
  • Insomnia

Neurofeedback records a successful trend as addiction treatment option, as it helps retrain the brain how to function without drugs. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.