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. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.


Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. Physical symptoms of drug abuse usually diminish over time, but circumstances or feelings connected to past addiction may bring back desires later in life Rehabilitation is, however, still possible. 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. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Do Addictions Develop

The human brain is an intricate organ managing all willing and unwilling step we embrace. The brain fully controls normal motor skills, heart and breathing levels, feelings, behaviour and decision-making. When a user takes addictive substances, the brain reward system produces a chemical that makes the user feel good Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by 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. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.


Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. The name of this section of the brain is known as the limbic system. It causes us to feel elated and is also called "brain reward system".



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Stimulating The Reward System Of The Brain

The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. 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 is all part of natural instincts for adopting and survival. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.


For example, when we get thirsty, we drink water, which stimulates the reward system so we continue to repeat this action. Even when we engage in dangerous activities, we still feel some satisfaction because these drugs and alcohol have taken over the reward system. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


Addiction 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. Drugs can either act like dopamine or lead to an increase in dopamine in the brain when they are introduced to the limbic system.

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.

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

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.

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 Addiction

One dependence healing process gaining traction is neurofeedback. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback trains the brain to learn to function better. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. When the brain activity changes to positive, healthier pattern, the administrator rewards the brain.

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

  • Desolation
  • Panicking
  • Being traumatized
  • 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. If you need assistance, contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will find one for you.