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.
Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. Even though physical signs of a dependence will perish, scenarios or feelings connected to previous substance misuse can bring addictions years down the line. Despite this, recovery is 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. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.
How Addictions Come About
Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. When a user takes addictive substances, the brain reward system produces a chemical that makes the user feel good Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of this. The highly intense, involuntary desire to utilize a drug - no matter the damage it may bring - is as a result of the real alterations that have taken place in the brain reward system. All that matters in that situation is satisfying the addiction.
The brain also has a section that controls dependency. This part of the brain is the limbic system. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.
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Igniting The Brain Reward System
The ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. When we engage in activities that are beneficial for us, the brain reward system will automatically become operational. This naturally helps us to change and survive. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.
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.
One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. Addictive substances act like dopamine or trigger its excessive production in the brain once they get into the reward system.
Normal levels of dopamine are caused by normal actions (like food, music, sex, drinking, etc.) and don't reprogram the brain for addiction.
The dopamine released by addictive substances can be up to 10 times more than the amount released from normal actions.
Drugs utilize floods neuroreceptors with dopamine. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. After a prolonged addiction, the human brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine naturally. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.
Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.
Neurofeedback In Addiction
Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, 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. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.
Underlying issues that may be leading to addiction are targeted by neurofeedback, like
- Lack of 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. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. If you need assistance, contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will find one for you.