The Brain And Addiction what-is-addiction

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.


Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. 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. Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. 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.


Development Of Addictions

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. The limbic system puts out chemicals that elevate the mood of the user when an addictive substance is taken. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. 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. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. This section of the brain is known as the limbic system. 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's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. The limbic system is automatically set off whenever we engage in pleasurable activities. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Even when we engage in dangerous activities, we still feel some satisfaction because these drugs and alcohol have taken over the reward system. Regrettably, dependent drugs have a much bigger impact on the brain reward system.


The Biochemistry Of Dependency

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. 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.

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

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. The "high" that comes with substance abuse is the consequence. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. Basically, the reward system is under the arrest by drugs.

Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.


Neurofeedback In Addiction

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback trains the brain to learn to function better. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to 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

  • Being depressed
  • Being anxious
  • Being traumatized
  • Difficulty sleeping

Neurofeedback has shown that it is a great treatment for drug dependency with numerous patients by helping the brain comprehend how to function without 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 772 3971.