The Mind And Addiction what-is-addiction

Brain Adjustments In Relation To Addictive Substances

The brain is affected and modified after a certain period of addictive drugs abuse. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.


Negative effects of substance abuse are ignored once a dependency is developed since that person's brain is completely rewired. 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. But patients should understand that treatment is a continuous process. During the past years, dependency treatment is progressing constantly and quickly. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.


How Addictions Happen

Everything we do, both consciously or unconsciously, are controlled by the brain. Our attitude, breathing, how we think and decide on issues, and other important skills are dictated by the brain. The limbic system is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. This promotes habitual drug misuse. Real changes have happened in the limbic system that cause the overwhelming, uncontrollable urge to use the substance, no matter what harm it may cause. The most important thing is now the desire to take the drug.


The brain has a part that is accountable for addiction. Limbic system is responsible for this. The system, as well referred to as the "brain reward system," is accountable for creating emotions of pleasure.



Ready to Get Help?

CALL US NOW ON 0800 246 1509



Triggering The Brain Reward System

The brain reward system is activated by the abuse of habit forming substances. Activating the reward system on a frequent basis can cause addiction. When we do things that are good for us, he brain reward system is activated naturally. 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. In that case, the brain rewards that activity by making one feel good.


For example, when we get thirsty, we drink water, which stimulates the reward system so we continue to repeat this action. Even when we engage in dangerous activities, we still feel some satisfaction because these drugs and alcohol have taken over the reward system. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.


Addiction And The Biochemistry

A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the reward system and is a naturally produced chemical in the brain. Addictive substances behaves like dopamine or stimulate too much of it when it comes in contact with the limbic 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 activities produce dopamine that is 10% of what drugs produce.

Neuroreceptors are "bombarded" with dopamine when drugs are abused. This is what leads to the "high" that is brought on with drug use. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. 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 In Addiction

Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Another name for this is Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. In this process, sensors are placed on the patient's scalp by the therapy administrator to monitor brain activities. The leader then rewards the brain for diverting its own action to better, very healthy trends.

Neurofeedback aids in discovering any primary issues that may be setting off addiction, for example

  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Being traumatized
  • Lack of 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 immediately on 0800 246 1509 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.