Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.
When one becomes addicted, their brain is practically redesigned to depend on the drugs even with their effects. 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. Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. Should you or someone you love be battling an addiction, seek help soon.
How Addictions Come About
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. The limbic system puts out chemicals that elevate the mood of the user when an addictive substance is taken. This boosts the desire to continue using the substance. 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. The most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.
The brain also has a section that controls dependency. The name of this section of the brain is known as the limbic system. The system, as well referred to as the "brain reward system," is accountable for creating emotions of pleasure.
The brain's reward system is triggered when a person uses an addictive drug. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. When a person does something good for his or her wellbeing, it naturally triggers the brain reward system. It is an important factor in our survival and adaptation. So, the brain thinks that something significant for the survival is occurring every time something triggers this system. 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. Addictive drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.
Addiction And The Biochemistry
One of the most significant parts of the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine signals the limbic system and occurs naturally in the brain. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside the brain.
Because the dopamine they produce is insignificant, regular activities like food, music, sex, and drinking, do not alter the brain and cause dependence although they can switch on the reward system.
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. The brain is no longer naturally able to make normal levels of dopamine after continues abuse. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.
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 And Addiction
Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. The brain is trained to be able to work better with the neurofeedback process. In this process, sensors are placed on the patient's scalp by the therapy administrator to monitor brain activities. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.
Underlying problems that might be activating addiction are targeted by neurofeedback and these problems are:
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. Find the perfect treatment centre for your needs by contacting us today on 0800 772 3971.