Dependency And The Brain what-is-addiction

Addictive Substances And The Diversity In The Brain

Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. When dependence grows, alterations in the brain make exploiters place substance above everything else.


When an addiction emerges, the brain is fundamentally reprogrammed to continue to use the drugs, regardless of the consequences. Physical symptoms of drug abuse usually diminish over time, but circumstances or feelings connected to past addiction may bring back desires later in life Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. 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. Seek immediate assistance if you or anyone you know is having problems with an addiction.


How Do Addictions Develop

Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. 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. This promotes habitual drug misuse. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.


The brain has a part that is accountable for addiction. This part of the brain is the limbic system. 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 misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. The brain reward system is usually sparked off when we engage in practices that are great for us. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. 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.


For example, when we get thirsty, we drink water, which stimulates the reward system so we continue to repeat this action. Dependent substances hijack this system, leading to emotions of joy for activities that are really dangerous. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.


Dependency Biochemistry

Dopamine has a critical function in the reward system. Dopamine is a natural element in the brain which releases signals to the reward system. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic system.

Normal levels of dopamine are caused by normal actions (like food, music, sex, drinking, etc.) and don't reprogram the brain for addiction.

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

Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. The "high" that comes with substance abuse is the consequence. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. Basically, the reward system is under the arrest by drugs.

The result is craving the substances that will bring dopamine levels back to normal. An individual in this condition is no longer in a position of feeling good without the substance.


Neurofeedback And Addiction

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. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. The leader then rewards the brain for diverting its own action to better, very healthy trends.

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

  • Desolation
  • Panicking
  • Upheaval
  • Difficulty sleeping

Neurofeedback records a successful trend as addiction treatment option, as it helps retrain the brain how to function without drugs. Neurofeedback is a vital part of extensive recovery scheme at many treatment facilities. Contact us immediately on 0800 772 3971 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.