The Mind And Addiction what-is-addiction

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.


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. Rehabilitation is, however, still possible. Recovering from the addiction requires continuous effort, something addicts at rehab centres should know. Treatment for addiction is evolving every day and has steadily become better over the years. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Do Addictions Develop

Every conscious and unconscious decision humans have is due to the most complicated organ we have, the brain. The brain is in charge of general motor movement, rates for the heart and breathing, character and ability to make decision. When a user takes addictive substances, the brain reward system produces a chemical that makes the user feel good Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. 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. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.


Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. This part of the brain is the limbic system. The limbic system, also referred to as " reward system for the brain" is responsible for the pleasure emotions.



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Initiating The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. The brain reward system is usually sparked off when we engage in practices that are great for us. This is all part of natural instincts for adopting and survival. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


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


Dependency Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural chemical in the brain that transmits signals to the limbic system. 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.

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. Basically, the reward system is under the arrest by drugs.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. Someone in this position can no longer feel normal without the substance.


Neurofeedback During Addiction

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. Neurofeedback is a brain coaching procedure that greatly aids the brain to adapt to perform better. The therapy controller is supervising the brain activity while this process is being done by using sensors on 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
  • Severe depression
  • Sleeplessness

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 a vital part of extensive recovery scheme at many treatment facilities. If you need assistance, contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will find one for you.