Dependency And The Brain what-is-addiction

Changes In The Brain Because Of Addictive Substances

The brain is physically altered over time from using addictive substances. Drug use is prioritized over everything else because of the alterations that happen in the brain when an addiction forms.


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 Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. Dependence therapy is growing each day and has quickly bettered over the past years. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Addictions Evolve

Every conscious and unconscious decision humans have is due to the most complicated organ we have, the brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated 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. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.


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



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Initiating The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. Dependency might occur if a person often triggers this system with a substance. When we do things that are good for us, he brain reward system is activated naturally. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. Addictive drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. Regrettably, dependent drugs have a much bigger impact on the brain reward system.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

Dopamine performs a very crucial role in the reward system. Dopamine is a natural chemical in the brain that transmits signals to the limbic 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.

Normal activities that set off the limbic system, like eating, drinking, making love, music etc., do not adjust the brain for addiction since they release usual amounts of dopamine.

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

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. After a prolonged addiction, the human brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine naturally. In reality, substances take the reward system hostage.

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 Dependency

Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) Biofeedback. 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.

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

  • Dejected
  • Unnecessary worries
  • Trauma
  • Sleeplessness

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. Neurofeedback is offered as part of an all round treatment plan in several recovery facilities. Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 to get connected to a treatment facility that can assist you.