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The Brain And Dependency

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

The brain is physically altered over time from using addictive substances. 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. Physical symptoms of drug abuse usually diminish over time, but circumstances or feelings connected to past addiction may bring back desires later in life Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. 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. Should you or someone you love be battling an addiction, seek help soon.


How Do Addictions Develop

Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. When a user takes addictive substances, the brain reward system produces a chemical that makes the user feel good Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of this. The extreme, uncontrolled desire to use the substance, despite its negative effects, is caused by the changes that have happened in the limbic system. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. This part of the brain is the limbic system. 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 ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. 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. 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.


Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.


Addiction Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. When bought in the limbic system, substances either copy dopamine or lead to an excess creation of it in the brain.

Normal levels of dopamine are caused by normal actions (like food, music, sex, drinking, etc.) and don't reprogram the brain for addiction.

Regular levels of dopamine triggered by normal actions are 10 times lower than levels released with the use of addictive drugs.

Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. After a prolonged addiction, the human brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine naturally. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

The result is craving the substances that will bring dopamine levels back to normal. An individual in this condition is no longer in a position of feeling good without the substance.


Neurofeedback During Addiction

A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. In this process, sensors are placed on the patient's scalp by the therapy administrator to monitor brain activities. When the brain activity changes to positive, healthier pattern, the administrator rewards the brain.

Neurofeedback supports to aim the essential effects that may be causing dependence, like:

  • Being depressed
  • Being anxious
  • Severe depression
  • Inability to sleep

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.