The Brain And Addiction what-is-addiction

Changes In The Brain Because Of Addictive Substances

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. Drug use is prioritized over everything else because of the alterations that happen in the brain when an addiction forms.


Negative effects of substance abuse are ignored once a dependency is developed since that person's brain is completely rewired. Even though physical signs of a dependence will perish, scenarios or feelings connected to previous substance misuse can bring addictions years down the line. Rehabilitation is, however, still possible. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. 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

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. If an individual consumes an addictive drug, the limbic system discharges chemicals that make the exploiter feel great. Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of this. The extreme, uncontrolled desire to use the substance, despite its negative effects, is caused by the changes that have happened in the limbic system. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.


There is a section in the brain charged with addiction. Limbic system is responsible for this. 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 brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. The limbic system is automatically set off whenever we engage in pleasurable activities. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. Anytime this system is activated, the brain concludes that an activity requiring survival is taking place. We experience satisfaction and elation when the brain now pays us for that.


For instance, we trigger the rewards system every time we drink water when we are feeling thirsty so we can keep performing that action again and again. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


Addiction Biochemistry

Dopamine performs a very crucial role in the reward system. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical in the brain. Drugs can either act like dopamine or lead to an increase in dopamine in the brain when they are introduced to the limbic system.

The reason usual activities that spark off the brain reward system (drinking, food, music, sex, and many more) don't reprogram the brain for dependence is due to the production of normal rates of dopamine.

Substances that are addictive can produce more that 10 times dopamine, that the normal reward activities.

Substance use overloads neuroreceptors with dopamine. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. 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 outcome is addiction to substances that will bring back dopamine levels to natural. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using the substance.


Neurofeedback During Addiction

Neurofeedback is one of the most effective treatments for dependency. It is as well referred to as Electroencephalogram (ECM) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a brain coaching procedure that greatly aids the brain to adapt to perform better. The therapy controller is supervising the brain activity while this process is being done by using sensors on the scalp. The controller then makes sure that the brain's activity is modified to preferable, healthier patterns by rewarding it.

Underlying problems that might be activating addiction are targeted by neurofeedback and these problems are

  • Desolation
  • Nervousness
  • Trauma
  • 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. Contact us immediately on 0800 772 3971 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.