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The Brain And Dependency

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.


The moment a person develops dependence, his or her brain is highly set to use substances in spite of the effects. 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. Treatment for addiction is improving every day and has swiftly advanced over the years. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


How Addictions Evolve

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. The limbic system sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


The brain also has a section that controls dependency. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.



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Triggering The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is activated by the abuse of habit forming substances. 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. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to 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.


For instance, when you quench your thirst by drinking water, the reward system is activated, hence we do this 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. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


Dependency Biochemistry

Dopamine performs a very crucial role in the reward system. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. Addictive substances act like dopamine or trigger its excessive production in the brain once they get into the reward system.

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.

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. Producing the regular amount of dopamine needed by the body becomes difficult for the brain when drug is used for a long time. 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. Not taking the drug automatically leads to despondency for such addicts.


Addiction And Neurofeedback

A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. 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:

  • Intense sadness
  • Unnecessary worries
  • Being traumatized
  • Sleeplessness

Neurofeedback records a successful trend as addiction treatment option, as it helps retrain the brain how to function without drugs. Many therapy bases provide neurofeedback as a piece of a great recovery strategy. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 246 1509.