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Changes In The Brain Because Of Addictive Substances

The brain is physically altered over time from using addictive substances. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.


Negative effects of substance abuse are ignored once a dependency is developed since that person's brain is completely rewired. 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. This doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. During the past years, dependency treatment is progressing constantly and quickly. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


How Addictions Come About

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of this. 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. The most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.


Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. It is also known as "brain reward system" and it has a job to create feelings of enjoyment.



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Initiating 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. When a person does something good for his or her wellbeing, it naturally triggers the brain reward system. This naturally helps us to change and survive. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


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

One of the greatest influencers of 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.

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.

Substances that are addictive can produce more that 10 times dopamine, that the normal reward activities.

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. Producing the regular amount of dopamine needed by the body becomes difficult for the brain when drug is used for a long time. Essentially, the reward system is taken hostage by the drug.

This causes the brain to crave the substance in order to get dopamine back to normal levels. Not taking the drug automatically leads to despondency for such addicts.


Neurofeedback In Dependency

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. 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 changes its own activities for the better and to more healthier routines, the administrator rewards it.

Neurofeedback supports to aim the essential effects that may be causing dependence, like

  • Desolation
  • Unnecessary worries
  • Trauma
  • Sleeplessness

By supporting the brain to readapt how to be without substances, neurofeedback has shown to be a really victorious dependence treatment for a good number of people. Neurofeedback is a vital part of extensive recovery scheme at many treatment facilities. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 772 3971.