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The Mind And Addiction

Addictive Substances And Adjustments In The Brain

The brain is physically altered over time from using addictive substances. 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. Physical symptoms of drug abuse usually diminish over time, but circumstances or feelings connected to past addiction may bring back desires later in life This however does not make recovery an impossibility But patients should understand that treatment is a continuous process. 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 Do Addictions Develop

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. The brain is in charge of general motor movement, rates for the heart and breathing, character and ability to make decision. The limbic system sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of 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 top priority becomes feeding the addiction.


There is a section in the brain charged with addiction. The name of this section of the brain is known as the limbic system. It is also known as "brain reward system" and it has a job to create feelings of enjoyment.



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Initiating 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. 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. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.


For instance, when you quench your thirst by drinking water, the reward system is activated, hence we do this again and again. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.


Addiction Biochemistry

One of the greatest influencers of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside the brain.

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.

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

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. After a prolonged addiction, the human brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine naturally. In reality, substances take the reward system hostage.

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.


Neurofeedback In Dependency

One dependence healing process gaining traction is neurofeedback. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) Biofeedback. To improve the performance of the brain, the brain is trained by using neurofeedback. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. When the brain changes its own activities for the better and to more healthier routines, the administrator rewards it.

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

  • Dejected
  • Being anxious
  • Severe depression
  • Lack of 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. 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.