The brain is physically altered over time from using addictive substances. 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. Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. Treatment for addiction is evolving every day and has steadily become better over the years. Get help now if you or someone you know is having a hard time beating an addiction.
How Addictions Happen
Every voluntary and involuntary choice we make is controlled by a complex organ in the body, the human 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 sets chemicals free once a user takes an addictive drug in order to make the person feel pleasure. Repeated drug abuse is encouraged by this. Thanks to specific modifications that the brain's rewards system has experienced, a person will, despite dangerous consequences, feel a severe, involuntary craving to use a drug. Fulfilling the addiction becomes the first priority.
The brain has a part that is accountable for addiction. Limbic system is responsible for this. It causes us to feel elated and is also called "brain reward system".
The misuse of addictive drugs sets off the reward system of the brain. Dependence on drugs occur when the reward system is constantly called to action. When a person does something good for his or her wellbeing, it naturally triggers the brain reward system. This is all part of natural instincts for adopting and survival. Every time something sparks off this system, the brain supposes something essential to survival is taking place. This behaviour is then rewarded by the brain by feelings of happiness.
For instance, when you quench your thirst by drinking water, the reward system is activated, hence we do this again and again. This system is manipulated by addictive substances, causing things that are actually harmful to us to cause feelings of pleasure. The brain reward system becomes powerless against these drugs.
Dependency And The Biochemistry
A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. 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.
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 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. 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. Typically, the drugs hijack the reward system.
Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. Someone in this position can no longer feel normal without the substance.
Addiction And Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is gradually becoming one of the best cure for drug reliance. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. To improve the performance of the brain, the brain is trained by using neurofeedback. Sensors are applied to the scalp by the person performing the therapy that monitor brain activity during this process. The controller then makes sure that the brain's activity is modified to preferable, healthier patterns by rewarding it.
Underlying problems that might be activating addiction are targeted by neurofeedback and these problems are:
Neurofeedback has shown that it is a great treatment for drug dependency with numerous patients by helping the brain comprehend how to function without drugs. Neurofeedback is offered as part of an all round treatment plan in several recovery facilities. Contact us now on 0800 772 3971 to get connected to a treatment facility that can assist you.