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The Brain And Dependency

Addictive Substances And The Diversity 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.


The moment a person develops dependence, his or her brain is highly set to use substances in spite of the 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 Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. Treatment for addiction is evolving every day and has steadily become better over the years. If you or an individual you love is fighting to defeat dependence, acquire aid straight away.


How Addictions Happen

The human brain is an intricate organ managing all willing and unwilling step we embrace. Everything from basic motor skills to heart and breathing rates to emotions and behaviour to decision makes is controlled by the brain. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. Limbic system is responsible for this. 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. 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. This naturally helps us to change and survive. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. This behaviour is then rewarded by the brain by feelings of happiness.


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. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.


Dependency 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.

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. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. After a prolonged addiction, the human brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine naturally. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.


Neurofeedback And Addiction

One dependence healing process gaining traction is neurofeedback. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) 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. 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
  • Being anxious
  • Trauma
  • Sleeplessness

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 offered as part of an all round treatment plan in several recovery facilities. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 246 1509.