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The Brain And Addiction

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. 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 doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. Recovering from the addiction requires continuous effort, something addicts at rehab centres should know. Treatment for addiction is improving every day and has swiftly advanced over the years. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Addictions Evolve

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 Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. The name of 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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Igniting The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. 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. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.


Addiction And The Biochemistry

One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural chemical in the brain that transmits signals to the limbic system. Drugs can either act like dopamine or lead to an increase in dopamine in the brain when they are introduced to 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.

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

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. 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.


Neurofeedback During Addiction

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, 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. 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:

  • Desolation
  • Nervousness
  • Trauma
  • Insomnia

People have found neurofeedback to be an effective recovery plan because it can assist the brain to adjust to life that is not built on 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.