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The Brain And Addiction

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.


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 Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. During the past years, dependency treatment is progressing constantly and quickly. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


How Do Addictions Develop

Every conscious and unconscious decision humans have is due to the most complicated organ we have, the brain. Feelings, decision-making, behaviour, basic motor skills, heart and breathing rates are all controlled by the brain. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. 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.


Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. This part of the brain is 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. The brain reward system is usually sparked off when we engage in practices that are great for us. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. This behaviour is then rewarded by the brain by feelings of happiness.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.


Addiction Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural chemical in the brain that transmits signals to the limbic system. When bought in the limbic system, substances either copy dopamine or lead to an excess creation of it in 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.

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

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. 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

Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. A sensor is put on the scalp so that the therapist can track how the brain functions during the biofeedback. 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:

  • Dejected
  • Being anxious
  • Trauma
  • 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 offered as part of an all round treatment plan in several recovery facilities. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 246 1509.