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The Brain And Dependency

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.


When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. After several years, the desire to use the drug again may manifest itself due to some memories from the past after the effects on the body are gone. This doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. During the past years, dependency treatment is progressing constantly and quickly. 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. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. The limbic system sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. This promotes habitual drug misuse. The highly intense, involuntary desire to utilize a drug - no matter the damage it may bring - is as a result of the real alterations that have taken place in the brain reward system. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.


Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. This part of the brain is the limbic system. It is also known as "brain reward system" and it has a job to create feelings of enjoyment.



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Stimulating The Reward System Of The Brain

The brain reward system is activated by the abuse of habit forming substances. Dependency might occur if a person often triggers this system with a substance. 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. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.


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. Even when we engage in dangerous activities, we still feel some satisfaction because these drugs and alcohol have taken over the reward system. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

A necessary role in 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.

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.

Dependent drugs can discharge up to 10 times more dopamine than natural reward traits.

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. 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. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. Users that find themselves in these situations have to use drugs in order to feel good.


Neurofeedback In Dependency

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, Biofeedback. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. When the brain activity changes to positive, healthier pattern, the administrator rewards the brain.

Underlying problems that might be activating addiction are targeted by neurofeedback and these problems are:

  • Being depressed
  • Being anxious
  • Upheaval
  • Inability to sleep

By supporting the brain to readapt how to be without substances, neurofeedback has shown to be a really victorious dependence treatment for a good number of people. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.