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Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. As the addiction increases, effects on the brain makes users choose drug use over other things.


Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. Situations or circumstances that relate to former substance abuse can provoke craving years later, even though the physical symptoms have stopped. This however does not make recovery an impossibility But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. If you or an individual you love is fighting to defeat dependence, acquire aid straight away.


How Do Addictions Develop

Every conscious and unconscious decision humans have is due to the most complicated organ we have, the brain. The brain fully controls normal motor skills, heart and breathing levels, feelings, behaviour and decision-making. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of this. 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. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.


The brain also has a section that controls dependency. This section of the brain is known as the limbic system. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.



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Initiating The Brain Reward System

The brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. Dependence on drugs occur when the reward system is constantly called to action. When we engage in activities that are beneficial for us, the brain reward system will automatically become operational. This is all part of natural instincts for adopting and survival. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.


For instance, we trigger the rewards system every time we drink water when we are feeling thirsty so we can keep performing that action again and again. Dependent substances hijack this system, leading to emotions of joy for activities that are really dangerous. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.


Dependency Biochemistry

One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside the brain.

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.

The dopamine released by addictive substances can be up to 10 times more than the amount released from normal actions.

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. Producing the regular amount of dopamine needed by the body becomes difficult for the brain when drug is used for a long time. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.

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 also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, Biofeedback. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. In this process, sensors are placed on the patient's scalp by the therapy administrator to monitor brain activities. The controller then makes sure that the brain's activity is modified to preferable, healthier patterns by rewarding it.

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

  • Being depressed
  • Unnecessary worries
  • Upheaval
  • Inability to sleep

Neurofeedback has shown that it is a great treatment for drug dependency with numerous patients by helping the brain comprehend how to function without drugs. Neurofeedback is often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 246 1509.