Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances
After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. 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. Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. 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. Should you or someone you love be battling an addiction, seek help soon.
How Addictions Come About
Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human 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 promotes habitual drug misuse. 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. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.
The brain also has a section that controls dependency. This section of the brain is known as the limbic system. It is also known as "brain reward system" and it has a job to create feelings of enjoyment.
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Setting Off The Brain Reward System
The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. Dependence on drugs occur when the reward system is constantly called to action. The brain reward system is usually sparked off when we engage in practices that are great for us. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. 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. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.
A necessary role in 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.
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.
Substances that are addictive can produce more that 10 times dopamine, that the normal reward activities.
Neuroreceptors are flooded with dopamine with substance use. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. Basically, the reward system is under the arrest by drugs.
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
A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. Neurofeedback trains the brain to learn to function better. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to 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
- Being anxious
- 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 offered as part of an all round treatment plan in several recovery facilities. Contact us immediately on 0800 772 3971 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.