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Dependency And The Brain

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. Drug use is prioritized over everything else because of the alterations that happen in the brain when an addiction forms.


When one becomes addicted, their brain is practically redesigned to depend on the drugs even with their effects. Physical symptoms of drug abuse usually diminish over time, but circumstances or feelings connected to past addiction may bring back desires later in life This however does not make recovery an impossibility 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. Should you or someone you love be battling an addiction, seek help soon.


How Do Addictions Develop

The human brain is an intricate organ managing all willing and unwilling step we embrace. The brain fully controls normal motor skills, heart and breathing levels, feelings, behaviour and decision-making. When a user takes addictive substances, the brain reward system produces a chemical that makes the user feel good Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.


The brain has a part that is accountable for addiction. This part of the brain is the limbic system. 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. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. 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. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


For example, when we get thirsty, we drink water, which stimulates the reward system so we continue to repeat this action. 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.


Addiction 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 behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

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 activities produce dopamine that is 10% of what drugs produce.

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. After a prolonged addiction, the human brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine naturally. In reality, substances take the reward system hostage.

The result is craving the substances that will bring dopamine levels back to normal. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.


Addiction And Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a brain coaching procedure that greatly aids the brain to adapt to perform better. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to the scalp. When the brain activity changes to positive, healthier pattern, the administrator rewards the brain.

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

  • Dejected
  • Apprehension
  • Severe depression
  • Insomnia

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. Neurofeedback is a vital part of extensive recovery scheme at many treatment facilities. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.