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Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.


When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. Even though physical signs of a dependence will perish, scenarios or feelings connected to previous substance misuse can bring addictions years down the line. This however does not make recovery an impossibility 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. The brain is in charge of general motor movement, rates for the heart and breathing, character and ability to make decision. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. 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. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.


The brain also has a section that controls dependency. Limbic system is responsible for this. The system, as well referred to as the "brain reward system," is accountable for creating emotions of pleasure.



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Stimulating The Reward System Of The Brain

The brain reward system is activated by the abuse of habit forming substances. 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. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


For example, when we get thirsty, we drink water, which stimulates the reward system so we continue to repeat this action. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

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

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

Neuroreceptors are flooded with dopamine with substance use. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. After prolonged substance ill-use, the human brain is not in a position to naturally create usual levels of dopamine. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. Users that find themselves in these situations have to use drugs in order to feel good.


Neurofeedback In Addiction

One dependence healing process gaining traction is neurofeedback. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) 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 leader then rewards the brain for diverting its own action to better, very healthy trends.

Underlying issues that may be leading to addiction are targeted by neurofeedback, like

  • Desolation
  • Being anxious
  • Severe depression
  • Difficulty sleeping

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. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.