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Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.


Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. Physical symptoms of drug abuse usually diminish over time, but circumstances or feelings connected to past addiction may bring back desires later in life Despite this, recovery is still possible. Recovering from the addiction requires continuous effort, something addicts at rehab centres should know. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Addictions Evolve

Every conscious and unconscious decision humans have is due to the most complicated organ we have, the brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. 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 most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. It is also known as "brain reward system" and it has a job to create feelings of enjoyment.



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Triggering The Brain Reward System

The brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. 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. This is all part of natural instincts for adopting and survival. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Addictive drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


The Biochemistry Of Dependency

One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical in the brain. Drugs can either act like dopamine or lead to an increase in dopamine in the brain when they are introduced to 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.

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

Neuroreceptors are flooded with dopamine with substance use. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.

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.


Addiction And Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, Biofeedback. To improve the performance of the brain, the brain is trained by using neurofeedback. The therapy controller is supervising the brain activity while this process is being done by using sensors on the scalp. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.

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

  • Dejected
  • Nervousness
  • Trauma
  • Inability to 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 often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 to get connected to a treatment facility that can assist you.