The Brain And Dependency what-is-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.


When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. Situations or circumstances that relate to former substance abuse can provoke craving years later, even though the physical symptoms have stopped. This however does not make recovery an impossibility But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. During the past years, dependency treatment is progressing constantly and quickly. If you or an individual you love is fighting to defeat dependence, acquire aid straight away.


How Addictions Happen

Every conscious and unconscious decision humans have is due to the most complicated organ we have, 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 Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. 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. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.


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 misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. 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. 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. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.


For instance, when you quench your thirst by drinking water, the reward system is activated, hence we do this again and again. 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.


The Biochemistry Of Dependency

One of the greatest influencers of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine signals the limbic system and occurs naturally in the brain. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

Normal activities that set off the limbic system, like eating, drinking, making love, music etc., do not adjust the brain for addiction since they release usual amounts of dopamine.

Dependent drugs can discharge up to 10 times more dopamine than natural reward traits.

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. 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. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

The outcome is addiction to substances that will bring back dopamine levels to natural. Users that find themselves in these situations have to use drugs in order to feel good.


Neurofeedback And Addiction

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Another name for this is Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback trains the brain to learn to function 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 problems that might be activating addiction are targeted by neurofeedback and these problems are

  • Depression
  • Apprehension
  • Being traumatized
  • Sleeplessness

Neurofeedback records a successful trend as addiction treatment option, as it helps retrain the brain how to function without drugs. Neurofeedback is often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. If you need assistance, contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will find one for you.