The Brain And Dependency what-is-addiction

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.

When one becomes addicted, their brain is practically redesigned to depend on the drugs even with their effects. After several years, the desire to use the drug again may manifest itself due to some memories from the past after the effects on the body are gone. Rehabilitation is, however, 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

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Feelings, decision-making, behaviour, basic motor skills, heart and breathing rates are all controlled by the brain. When a user takes addictive substances, the brain reward system produces a chemical that makes the user feel good This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. The extreme, uncontrolled desire to use the substance, despite its negative effects, is caused by the changes that have happened in the limbic system. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.

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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Triggering The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. An addiction can occur when this system is habitually activated with drug use. When we engage in activities that are beneficial for us, the brain reward system will automatically become operational. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.

Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. Addictive drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.

The Biochemistry Of Dependency

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical 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.

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. Producing the regular amount of dopamine needed by the body becomes difficult for the brain when drug is used for a long time. 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 In Dependency

A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. 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. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.

Underlying issues that may be leading to addiction are targeted by neurofeedback, like

  • Intense sadness
  • Panicking
  • Being traumatized
  • 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. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 772 3971.