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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.

Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. 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 however does not make recovery an impossibility But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. Seek immediate assistance if you or anyone you know is having problems with an addiction.

How Addictions Happen

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. Feelings, decision-making, behaviour, basic motor skills, heart and breathing rates are all controlled by the brain. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. Real changes have happened in the limbic system that cause the overwhelming, uncontrollable urge to use the substance, no matter what harm it may cause. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.

The brain also has a section that controls dependency. 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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Igniting 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 we do things that are good for us, he brain reward system is activated naturally. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring 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. Even when we engage in dangerous activities, we still feel some satisfaction because these drugs and alcohol have taken over the reward system. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.

Dependency And The Biochemistry

Dopamine has a critical function in the reward system. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. 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.

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. After prolonged substance ill-use, the human brain is not in a position to naturally create usual levels of dopamine. Essentially, the reward system is taken hostage by the drug.

Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. An individual in this condition is no longer in a position of feeling good without the substance.

Addiction And Neurofeedback

A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, Biofeedback. To improve the performance of the brain, the brain is trained by using neurofeedback. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. The controller then makes sure that the brain's activity is modified to preferable, healthier patterns by rewarding it.

Underlying issues that may be leading to addiction are targeted by neurofeedback, like

  • Dejected
  • Apprehension
  • Being traumatized
  • 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. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 246 1509.