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The Mind And Addiction

Addictive Substances And Adjustments In The Brain

After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.


Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. Cravings for the substance can occur even after a lot of time has passed because any feelings or situations connected to the previous drug abuse can cause them, even though physical effects of a dependency are no longer present. This however does not make recovery an impossibility But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. Treatment for addiction is improving every day and has swiftly advanced over the years. Should you or someone you love be battling an addiction, seek help soon.


How Addictions Evolve

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. The brain fully controls normal motor skills, heart and breathing levels, feelings, behaviour and decision-making. The limbic system puts out chemicals that elevate the mood of the user when an addictive substance is taken. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


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



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Setting Off The Brain Reward System

The brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. An addiction can occur when this system is habitually activated with drug use. The brain reward system is usually sparked off when we engage in practices that are great for us. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to 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.


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. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.


Dependency Biochemistry

Dopamine has a critical function in the reward system. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. Addictive substances act like dopamine or trigger its excessive production in the brain once they get into the reward system.

Because the dopamine they produce is insignificant, regular activities like food, music, sex, and drinking, do not alter the brain and cause dependence although they can switch on the reward system.

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

Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. Essentially, the reward system is taken hostage by the drug.

Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. An individual in this condition is no longer in a position of feeling good without the substance.


Neurofeedback In Dependency

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. 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. The leader then rewards the brain for diverting its own action to better, very healthy trends.

Neurofeedback aids in discovering any primary issues that may be setting off addiction, for example:

  • Dejected
  • Nervousness
  • Severe depression
  • Insomnia

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 offered as part of an all round treatment plan in several recovery facilities. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 246 1509.