Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances
The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.
When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. 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 however does not make recovery an impossibility Recovering from the addiction requires continuous effort, something addicts at rehab centres should know. Treatment for addiction is improving every day and has swiftly advanced over the years. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.
How Addictions Evolve
Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Everything from basic motor skills to heart and breathing rates to emotions and behaviour to decision makes is controlled 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. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.
There is a section in the brain charged with addiction. This part of the brain is the limbic system. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.
The ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. Dependence on drugs occur when the reward system is constantly called to action. When we engage in activities that are beneficial for us, the brain reward system will automatically become operational. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. 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. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.
One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical in the brain. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside 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.
Regular activities produce dopamine that is 10% of what drugs produce.
Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. Producing the regular amount of dopamine needed by the body becomes difficult for the brain when drug is used for a long time. Basically, the reward system is under the arrest by drugs.
The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.
Addiction And Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. It is also known as Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. 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.
Whatever can cause reliance on drugs will be identify by using neurofeedback, these include:
Neurofeedback records a successful trend as addiction treatment option, as it helps retrain the brain how to function without drugs. This is included in the program of some rehab centres. Contact us immediately on 0800 772 3971 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.