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The Mind And Addiction

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

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


The moment a person develops dependence, his or her brain is highly set to use substances in spite of the effects. Even though physical signs of a dependence will perish, scenarios or feelings connected to previous substance misuse can bring addictions years down the line. 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. Seek immediate assistance if you or anyone you know is having problems with an addiction.


How Addictions Evolve

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Everything from basic motor skills to heart and breathing rates to emotions and behaviour to decision makes is controlled by the brain. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of this. Thanks to specific modifications that the brain's rewards system has experienced, a person will, despite dangerous consequences, feel a severe, involuntary craving to use a drug. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. Limbic system is responsible for this. The limbic system, also referred to as " reward system for the brain" is responsible for the pleasure emotions.



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Igniting The Brain Reward System

The ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. The limbic system is automatically set off whenever we engage in pleasurable activities. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. We experience satisfaction and elation when the brain now pays us for that.


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.


Addiction And The Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. When bought in the limbic system, substances either copy dopamine or lead to an excess creation of it in the brain.

The reason usual activities that spark off the brain reward system (drinking, food, music, sex, and many more) don't reprogram the brain for dependence is due to the production of normal rates of dopamine.

Regular levels of dopamine triggered by normal actions are 10 times lower than levels released with the use of addictive drugs.

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. 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.

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 one of the most effective treatments for dependency. Another name for this is Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to the scalp. When the brain activity changes to positive, healthier pattern, the administrator rewards the brain.

Underlying problems that might be activating addiction are targeted by neurofeedback and these problems are:

  • Depression
  • Apprehension
  • Upheaval
  • Difficulty sleeping

For a lot of people, neurofeedback has been a successful treatment for addition by assisting the brain figure out how to function without drugs again. Many therapy bases provide neurofeedback as a piece of a great recovery strategy. Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 to get connected to a treatment facility that can assist you.