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The Mind And Addiction

Addictive Drugs And Alterations In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. As the addiction increases, effects on the brain makes users choose drug use over other things.

Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. 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. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. Treatment for addiction is improving every day and has swiftly advanced over the years. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.

Development Of Addictions

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. Feelings, decision-making, behaviour, basic motor skills, heart and breathing rates are all controlled by the brain. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. This promotes habitual drug misuse. 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 most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.

There is a section in the brain charged with addiction. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. It causes us to feel elated and is also called "brain reward system".

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Stimulating The Reward System Of The Brain

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. 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. This naturally helps us to change and survive. So, the brain thinks that something significant for the survival is occurring every time something triggers this system. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.

For example, when we get thirsty, we drink water, which stimulates the reward system so we continue to repeat this action. Dependent substances hijack this system, leading to emotions of joy for activities that are really dangerous. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.

Addiction Biochemistry

Dopamine has a critical function in the reward system. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. Drugs can either act like dopamine or lead to an increase in dopamine in the brain when they are introduced to the limbic 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.

Substances that are addictive can produce more that 10 times dopamine, that the normal reward activities.

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. 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. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.

The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. An individual in this condition is no longer in a position of feeling good without the substance.

Neurofeedback In Addiction

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. 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.

Whatever can cause reliance on drugs will be identify by using neurofeedback, these include:

  • Dejected
  • Apprehension
  • Trauma
  • Inability to sleep

People have found neurofeedback to be an effective recovery plan because it can assist the brain to adjust to life that is not built on drugs. Many therapy bases provide neurofeedback as a piece of a great recovery strategy. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 246 1509.