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The Mind And Addiction

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.


When one becomes addicted, their brain is practically redesigned to depend on the drugs even with their effects. Cravings for the substance can occur even after a lot of time has passed because any feelings or situations connected to the previous drug abuse can cause them, even though physical effects of a dependency are no longer present. Despite this, recovery is still possible. But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


Development Of Addictions

Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human brain. The brain fully controls normal motor skills, heart and breathing levels, feelings, behaviour and decision-making. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. 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. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


There is a section in the brain charged with addiction. This part of the brain is the limbic system. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.



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Igniting 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. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. So, the brain thinks that something significant for the survival is occurring every time something triggers this system. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.


For instance, when you quench your thirst by drinking water, the reward system is activated, hence we do this again and again. Addictive substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.


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. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with 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.

Regular activities produce dopamine that is 10% of what drugs produce.

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. Producing the regular amount of dopamine needed by the body becomes difficult for the brain when drug is used for a long time. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. Not taking the drug automatically leads to despondency for such addicts.


Addiction And Neurofeedback

A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. The therapy controller is supervising the brain activity while this process is being done by using sensors on the scalp. When the brain changes its own activities for the better and to more healthier routines, the administrator rewards it.

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

  • Depression
  • Panicking
  • Being traumatized
  • Lack of 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. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.