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Dependency And The Brain

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. Addicts will place the drug above anything 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. Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. During the past years, dependency treatment is progressing constantly and quickly. Seek immediate assistance if you or anyone you know is having problems with an addiction.


How Addictions Evolve

Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human brain. Everything from basic motor skills to heart and breathing rates to emotions and behaviour to decision makes is controlled by the brain. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. 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. The limbic system, also referred to as " reward system for the brain" is responsible for the pleasure emotions.



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Initiating The Brain Reward System

The ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. An addiction can occur when this system is habitually activated with drug use. When we do things that are good for us, he brain reward system is activated naturally. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. We experience satisfaction and elation when the brain now pays us for that.


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. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

One of the greatest influencers of 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.

Because the dopamine they produce is insignificant, regular activities like food, music, sex, and drinking, do not alter the brain and cause dependence although they can switch on the reward system.

Regular levels of dopamine triggered by normal actions are 10 times lower than levels released with the use of addictive drugs.

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. After prolonged substance ill-use, the human brain is not in a position to naturally create usual levels of dopamine. Basically, the reward system is under the arrest by drugs.

The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. Users that find themselves in these situations have to use drugs in order to feel good.


Neurofeedback And Addiction

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Another name for this is Electroencephalogram (EEG) 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. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.

Neurofeedback supports to aim the essential effects that may be causing dependence, like:

  • Dejected
  • Being anxious
  • Trauma
  • Sleeplessness

Neurofeedback records a successful trend as addiction treatment option, as it helps retrain the brain how to function without drugs. 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.