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Addiction And The Brain

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.


Negative effects of substance abuse are ignored once a dependency is developed since that person's brain is completely rewired. Physical symptoms of drug abuse usually diminish over time, but circumstances or feelings connected to past addiction may bring back desires later in life Rehabilitation is, however, still possible. 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. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Addictions Come About

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. Everything from basic motor skills to heart and breathing rates to emotions and behaviour to decision makes is controlled by the brain. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. Thanks to specific modifications that the brain's rewards system has experienced, a person will, despite dangerous consequences, feel a severe, involuntary craving to use a drug. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. Limbic system is responsible for this. The limbic system, also referred to as " reward system for the brain" is responsible for the pleasure emotions.



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Initiating The Brain Reward System

The brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. 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 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. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.


Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine signals the limbic system and occurs naturally in the brain. When bought in the limbic system, substances either copy dopamine or lead to an excess creation of it in the brain.

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.

Regular levels of dopamine triggered by normal actions are 10 times lower than levels released with the use of addictive drugs.

Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. 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 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 And Addiction

Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) 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. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.

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

  • Being depressed
  • Unnecessary worries
  • Severe depression
  • Difficulty sleeping

For a lot of people, neurofeedback has been a successful treatment for addition by assisting the brain figure out how to function without drugs again. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 246 1509.