Addictive substances causes changes in the brain over time. As the addiction increases, effects on the brain makes users choose drug use over other things.
When one becomes addicted, their brain is practically redesigned to depend on the drugs even with their effects. Situations or circumstances that relate to former substance abuse can provoke craving years later, even though the physical symptoms have stopped. Rehabilitation is, however, still possible. But therapy is a never-ending process for addicts in recovery and they must understand that. Treatment for addiction is evolving every day and has steadily become better over the years. If you or an individual you love is fighting to defeat dependence, acquire aid straight away.
How Addictions Evolve
Every conscious and unconscious decision humans have is due to the most complicated organ we have, the brain. Everything from basic motor skills to heart and breathing rates to emotions and behaviour to decision makes is controlled by the brain. The limbic system puts out chemicals that elevate the mood of the user when an addictive substance is taken. Continuous drug abuse is the consequence of this. The brain reward system is altered to stimulate craving for a drug despite awareness about its dangers. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.
There is a section of the brain in charge of addiction. This part of the brain is the limbic system. It is also known as "brain reward system" and it has a job to create feelings of enjoyment.
The ill-use of addictive drugs sparks off the brain reward system. 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. Our survival and changing according to events depend on it. When this system is activated, the brain assumes that whatever is occurring is necessary for survival. 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. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. The brain reward system is more strongly affected by addictive substances.
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.
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.
Dopamine is usually combined with floods neuroreceptors by drugs. This brings about the "high" connected with exploiting substances. The human brain can't create regular dopamine levels normally after prolonged and constant substance abuse. In reality, substances take the reward system hostage.
Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. An individual in this condition is no longer in a position of feeling good without the substance.
Neurofeedback And Addiction
Neurofeedback is gaining footing as a treatment for addiction. Another name for this is Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback. Neurofeedback is a training session for the brain to improve its functionality. A sensor is put on the scalp so that the therapist can track how the brain functions during the biofeedback. The controller then makes sure that the brain's activity is modified to preferable, healthier patterns by rewarding it.
Neurofeedback aids in discovering any primary issues that may be setting off addiction, for example:
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. Many therapy bases provide neurofeedback as a piece of a great recovery strategy. Contact us immediately on 0800 772 3971 to be linked with a treatment base that can support you well.