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Dependency And The Brain

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.


Negative effects of substance abuse are ignored once a dependency is developed since that person's brain is completely rewired. Situations or circumstances that relate to former substance abuse can provoke craving years later, even though the physical symptoms have stopped. This however does not make recovery an impossibility But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Addictions Evolve

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the 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. 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. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.


The brain also has a section that controls dependency. The name of 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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Igniting The Brain Reward System

The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. Dependency might occur if a person often triggers this system with a substance. The limbic system is automatically set off whenever we engage in pleasurable activities. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. This behaviour is then rewarded by the brain by feelings of happiness.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Addictive drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. Regrettably, dependent drugs have a much bigger impact on the brain reward system.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

Dopamine has a critical function in the reward system. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

The reason usual activities that spark off the brain reward system (drinking, food, music, sex, and many more) don't reprogram the brain for dependence is due to the production of normal rates of dopamine.

Regular activities produce dopamine that is 10% of what drugs produce.

Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. 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.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. An individual in this condition is no longer in a position of feeling good without the substance.


Neurofeedback During 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. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to the scalp. When the brain changes its own activities for the better and to more healthier routines, the administrator rewards it.

Whatever can cause reliance on drugs will be identify by using neurofeedback, these include:

  • Dejected
  • Nervousness
  • Severe depression
  • Sleeplessness

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. Neurofeedback is often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.