The brain is physically altered over time from using addictive substances. Addicts will place the drug above anything else.
When one becomes addicted, their brain is practically redesigned to depend on the drugs even with their effects. After several years, the desire to use the drug again may manifest itself due to some memories from the past after the effects on the body are gone. Nevertheless, breaking the addiction is not beyond your reach. But patients should understand that treatment is a continuous process. 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
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 is responsible for the control making people experience a strange feeling of happiness when on drugs. Using too much of an addictive drugs then becomes a second nature. 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. Sustaining the addiction usually takes priority.
Dependence on drugs is controlled by a section of the brain. The limbic system is the name of that section in the brain. This part of the brain is the "brain reward system" and causes feelings of pleasure.
The ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. Often activating of this system with substances can lead to dependence. When we engage in activities that are beneficial for us, the brain reward system will automatically become operational. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. We experience satisfaction and elation when the brain now pays us for that.
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 substances take over this system, bringing about emotions of pleasure, even for behaviour that is really risky. Addictive drugs, sadly, have more powerful effects on the brain reward system.
Addiction And The Biochemistry
A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine signals the limbic system and occurs naturally in the brain. Addictive substances act like dopamine or trigger its excessive production in the brain once they get into the reward system.
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 levels of dopamine triggered by normal actions are 10 times lower than levels released with the use of addictive drugs.
Neuroreceptors are flooded with dopamine with substance use. This makes one feel "high", similar to when you take drugs. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. The reward system becomes enslaved by the addictive substances.
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 During Addiction
Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. It is also referred to as (EEG)Electroencephalogram, Biofeedback. To improve the performance of the brain, the brain is trained by using neurofeedback. At the time of this procedure, the administrator of the treatment checks the brains actions through using sensors to 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:
People have found neurofeedback to be an effective recovery plan because it can assist the brain to adjust to life that is not built on drugs. Neurofeedback is offered as part of an all round treatment plan in several recovery facilities. To reach a centre that can help you, please call us now on 0800 772 3971.