Addictive drugs normally alter the brain over a certain period. These brain modifications make users think only about substance abuse and nothing else once a dependency develops.
Regardless of the outcome, an addict's brain is altered to crave for the drug. Cravings for the substance can occur even after a lot of time has passed because any feelings or situations connected to the previous drug abuse can cause them, even though physical effects of a dependency are no longer present. This however does not make recovery an impossibility Treatment is a continuous process and people in recovery have to realize this. In recent time, there is a significant changes in the way addicts are helped to break free from it. Seek immediate assistance if you or anyone you know is having problems with an addiction.
How Addictions Evolve
Every action we take - voluntary or involuntary - is controlled by the complex human brain. Feelings, decision-making, behaviour, basic motor skills, heart and breathing rates are all controlled by the brain. 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. 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. The top priority becomes feeding the addiction.
The brain also has a section that controls dependency. This section of the brain is known as the limbic system. It causes us to feel elated and is also called "brain reward system".
The brain reward system is called to action when a drug is used. 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. It is part and parcel of our natural capability to get used to and survive. The brain will believe that what is needed to live is taking place each time the brain reward system is switched on. 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 drugs cause enjoyable emotions for behaviour that is dangerous and harming to a person, triggering the reward system falsely. Sadly, the effects on the brain reward system are far much potent from addictive substances.
Addiction And The Biochemistry
A necessary role in the reward system is dopamine. Dopamine is a natural chemical in the brain that transmits signals to the limbic system. When presented into the reward system, substances sometime ape dopamine or lead to an excessive production of it inside the brain.
Normal levels of dopamine are caused by normal actions (like food, music, sex, drinking, etc.) and don't reprogram the brain for addiction.
Dependent drugs can discharge up to 10 times more dopamine than natural reward traits.
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. Essentially, the reward system is taken hostage by the drug.
Dopamine levels should go back to the original level, this triggers the desire for addictive substances. Users that find themselves in these situations have to use drugs in order to feel good.
Neurofeedback In Addiction
One dependence healing process gaining traction is neurofeedback. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Biofeedback is another name for it. 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. With this, the brain can improve its performance and make it better, the brain is then rewarded for doing that.
Whatever can cause reliance on drugs will be identify by using neurofeedback, these include:
By supporting the brain to readapt how to be without substances, neurofeedback has shown to be a really victorious dependence treatment for a good number of people. Neurofeedback is often a part of a complete treatment plan by some treatment facilities. Contact us now on 0800 772 3971 to get connected to a treatment facility that can assist you.