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The Brain And Dependency

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. 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. Despite this, recovery is still possible. But patients should understand that treatment is a continuous process. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. 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. 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. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. Limbic system is responsible for this. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.



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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. This naturally helps us to change and survive. 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.


Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.


The Biochemistry Of Dependency

Dopamine performs a very crucial role in the reward system. Dopamine is a natural chemical in the brain that transmits signals to the limbic system. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside the brain.

Normal activities that set off the limbic system, like eating, drinking, making love, music etc., do not adjust the brain for addiction since they release usual amounts of dopamine.

The dopamine released by addictive substances can be up to 10 times more than the amount released from normal actions.

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. The "high" that comes with substance abuse is the consequence. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. Essentially, the reward system is taken hostage by the drug.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. Someone in this position can no longer feel normal without the substance.


Neurofeedback During Addiction

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback trains the brain to learn to function better. In this process, sensors are placed on the patient's scalp by the therapy administrator to monitor brain activities. The leader then rewards the brain for diverting its own action to better, very healthy trends.

Neurofeedback aids in discovering any primary issues that may be setting off addiction, for example:

  • Intense sadness
  • Nervousness
  • Being traumatized
  • Inability to sleep

For a lot of people, neurofeedback has been a successful treatment for addition by assisting the brain figure out how to function without drugs again. 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.