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Dependency And The Brain

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.


The moment a person develops dependence, his or her brain is highly set to use substances in spite of the effects. 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 doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. But patients should understand that treatment is a continuous process. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


How Addictions Evolve

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. The limbic system sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.



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Initiating The Brain Reward System

The brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. When we do things that are good for us, he brain reward system is activated naturally. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. 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. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.


Addiction Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside the brain.

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

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

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. 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.

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 Addiction

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) Biofeedback. 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 leader then rewards the brain for diverting its own action to better, very healthy trends.

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

  • Dejected
  • Being anxious
  • Being traumatized
  • Lack of sleep

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 a vital part of extensive recovery scheme at many treatment facilities. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 246 1509.