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Addictive Substances And Adjustments In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. Drug use is prioritized over everything else because of the alterations that happen in the brain when an addiction forms.


Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. After several years, the desire to use the drug again may manifest itself due to some memories from the past after the effects on the body are gone. 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.


How Addictions Come About

Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human brain. 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. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. The extreme, uncontrolled desire to use the substance, despite its negative effects, is caused by the changes that have happened in the limbic system. The most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.


The brain also has a section that controls dependency. 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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Triggering The Brain Reward System

The brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. Dependency might occur if a person often triggers this system with a substance. 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. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


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 drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


The Biochemistry Of Dependency

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical in the brain. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

Normal activities that set off the limbic system, like eating, drinking, making love, music etc., do not adjust the brain for addiction since they release usual amounts of dopamine.

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

Neuroreceptors are flooded with dopamine with substance use. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. After prolonged substance ill-use, the human brain is not in a position to naturally create usual levels of dopamine. In reality, substances take the reward system hostage.

The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. Someone in this position can no longer feel normal without the substance.


Neurofeedback In Addiction

One dependence healing process gaining traction is neurofeedback. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, Biofeedback. Neurofeedback trains the brain to learn to function better. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. When the brain changes its own activities for the better and to more healthier routines, the administrator rewards it.

Underlying problems that might be activating addiction are targeted by neurofeedback and these problems are

  • Depression
  • Panicking
  • Severe depression
  • Sleeplessness

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 often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.