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The Brain And Dependency

Addictive Substances And Adjustments In The Brain

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.


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. This doesn't totally imply recovery isn't in reach. 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. Seek the assistance of others if you or your loved one is fighting the problem.


How Do Addictions Develop

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. The brain is in charge of general motor movement, rates for the heart and breathing, character and ability to make decision. The limbic system puts out chemicals that elevate the mood of the user when an addictive substance is taken. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. 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 top priority becomes feeding the addiction.


There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. Limbic system is responsible for this. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.



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Igniting The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. An addiction can occur when this system is habitually activated with drug use. When we engage in activities that are beneficial for us, the brain reward system will automatically become operational. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. That action is then rewarded by the brain by releasing enjoyable emotions.


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. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.


Dependency And The Biochemistry

One of the greatest influencers of the reward system is dopamine. It communicates with the limbic system because it resides in the brain. 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.

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

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. The intoxicating effect of alcohol and drugs is caused by the combination. After prolonged substance ill-use, the human brain is not in a position to naturally create usual levels of dopamine. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.

The effects are a deep desire to take the drug to normalize the dopamine amounts. Someone in such a situation cannot have feelings of pleasure without using 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 brain coaching procedure that greatly aids the brain to adapt to perform better. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to the scalp. 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:

  • Being depressed
  • Nervousness
  • Severe depression
  • Inability to sleep

Neurofeedback records a successful trend as addiction treatment option, as it helps retrain the brain 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.