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Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.


Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. Even though physical signs of a dependence will perish, scenarios or feelings connected to previous substance misuse can bring addictions years down the line. Despite this, recovery is still possible. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. Seek immediate assistance if you or anyone you know is having problems with an addiction.


How Addictions Happen

Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human 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. Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. Thanks to specific modifications that the brain's rewards system has experienced, a person will, despite dangerous consequences, feel a severe, involuntary craving to use a drug. The most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.


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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Setting Off The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. 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. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Even when we engage in dangerous activities, we still feel some satisfaction because these drugs and alcohol have taken over the reward system. Regrettably, dependent drugs have a much bigger impact on the brain reward system.


Addiction Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical in the brain. 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.

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

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.


Neurofeedback In Addiction

Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. The therapy controller is supervising the brain activity while this process is being done by using sensors on 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

  • Dejected
  • Being anxious
  • Upheaval
  • Difficulty sleeping

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. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 246 1509.