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The Mind And Addiction

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.


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 doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


Development Of Addictions

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. The brain is in charge of general motor movement, rates for the heart and breathing, character and ability to make decision. The limbic system sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. The extreme, uncontrolled desire to use the substance, despite its negative effects, is caused by the changes that have happened in the limbic system. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.


The brain also has a section that controls dependency. 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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Setting Off The Brain Reward System

The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. 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 an important factor in our survival and adaptation. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Dependent substances hijack this system, leading to emotions of joy for activities that are really dangerous. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.


Dependency Biochemistry

One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. Drugs can either act like dopamine or lead to an increase in dopamine in the brain when they are introduced to the limbic system.

Because the dopamine they produce is insignificant, regular activities like food, music, sex, and drinking, do not alter the brain and cause dependence although they can switch on the reward system.

The dopamine released by addictive substances can be up to 10 times more than the amount released from normal actions.

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. The "high" that comes with substance abuse is the consequence. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. In reality, substances take the reward system hostage.

The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. Not taking the drug automatically leads to despondency for such addicts.


Neurofeedback In Dependency

Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. 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. 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:

  • Intense sadness
  • Unnecessary worries
  • Severe depression
  • Sleeplessness

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. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 246 1509.