The Brain And Addiction what-is-addiction

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

After the prolonged use, these drugs can alter the brain. 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. After several years, the desire to use the drug again may manifest itself due to some memories from the past after the effects on the body are gone. Despite this, recovery is still possible. Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. Treatment for addiction is improving every day and has swiftly advanced over the years. Should you or someone you love be battling an addiction, seek help soon.


How Do Addictions Develop

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. 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 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.


Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. 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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Igniting The Brain Reward System

The ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. Dependency might occur if a person often triggers this system with a substance. 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. This behaviour is then rewarded by the brain by feelings of happiness.


Drinking water when are thirsty, for instance, sparks off the reward system, therefore, we repeat this conduct. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.


Addiction Biochemistry

One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. 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.

Regular activities produce dopamine that is 10% of what drugs produce.

Drugs utilize floods 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. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.

Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. Not taking the drug automatically leads to despondency for such addicts.


Neurofeedback In Dependency

A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. 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. When the brain changes its own activities for the better and to more healthier routines, the administrator rewards it.

Underlying issues that may be leading to addiction are targeted by neurofeedback, like

  • Desolation
  • Being anxious
  • Upheaval
  • 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. Neurofeedback is often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.