Changes In The Brain Because Of Addictive Substances
Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. Drug use is prioritized over everything else because of the alterations that happen in the brain when an addiction forms.
When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. Situations or circumstances that relate to former substance abuse can provoke craving years later, even though the physical symptoms have stopped. Rehabilitation is, however, still possible. But individuals in recovery must know healing is an ongoing program. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.
How Addictions Evolve
The human brain is an intricate organ managing all willing and unwilling step we embrace. Feelings, decision-making, behaviour, basic motor skills, heart and breathing rates are all controlled by the brain. The limbic system sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. 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.
The brain has a part that is accountable for addiction. This part of the brain is 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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Setting Off The Brain Reward System
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 a person does something good for his or her wellbeing, it naturally triggers the brain reward system. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. The brain then honours that that character by developing feeling of pleasure.
For instance, we drink water again because the reward system is switched on each time we are thirsty and quench that thirst with water. Addictive drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.
One of the greatest influencers of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical in the brain. Addictive substances act like dopamine or trigger its excessive production in the brain once they get into the reward 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.
Regular levels of dopamine triggered by normal actions are 10 times lower than levels released with the use of addictive drugs.
Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. After a prolonged addiction, the human brain cannot produce normal amounts of dopamine naturally. Essentially, the reward system is taken hostage by the drug.
The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. Someone in this position can no longer feel normal without the substance.
Neurofeedback And Addiction
A method of addiction treatment getting popularity is neurofeedback. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. The therapy controller is supervising the brain activity while this process is being done by using sensors on the scalp. When the brain activity changes to positive, healthier pattern, the administrator rewards the brain.
Underlying issues that may be leading to addiction are targeted by neurofeedback, like
- Intense sadness
- Unnecessary worries
- Inability to sleep
For a lot of people, neurofeedback has been a successful treatment for addition by assisting the brain figure out how to function without drugs again. Neurofeedback is often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Contact us now on 0800 772 3971 to get connected to a treatment facility that can assist you.