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Healing The Addicted Brain

– A Biological Look Into The Mind Of An Addict

Healing the addicted brain is not an easy task. We all know that drugs are addictive and that the effects of opiates on the body are bad, but few of us know what causes the addiction on a biological level. In this article we are going to discuss the science of addiction and how and why opiates effect our brain chemistry.

What causes this altered state of consciousness? Why do we lose touch of reality? Why does it seem like all our problems are gone under the influence of drugs? We are going to go over all of these things but the most important question is, how can we create a similar reaction in our brain without the use of drugs? The answer to this question won’t produce identical results to the opiates you are accustom to but it will undergo a similar process and you will feel good after you implement it. Like I said before, healing the addicted brain is not easy, but it can be done with great effort and strength.

Brain Chemistry and Addiction

The effects of opiates on the brain and the addiction brain chemistry creates is intense. One reason why the brain is so susceptible to opiates is because of the structure of their molecules. Opiate molecules mimic the structure of natural molecules created by the brain. These molecules  are responsible for attaching to receptor proteins in our brain cells that create the sensations of euphoria and pain reduction. The natural molecules that are mimicked by opiate molecules are called endorphins.

The disease concept of addiction arises when the body becomes dependent on the amount of endorphins and other chemicals that are provided by the drug. When your body creates a tolerance to the dosages that you normally take, most people tend to increase the dosage to create the effect that they are used to achieving.  It is once this process starts to occur that the disease concept of addiction comes into play. This is the point when the addict is created.

Moreover, people that experience endorphin deficiency syndrome are more prone to the addiction of opiates. The reason for this is because opiates act as endorphin molecules and create a feeling of euphoria. People with endorphin deficiency syndrome experience depression; thus, the use of opiates helps them feel normal.

Healing The Addicted Brain Through Alternatives

Put simply, the reason why you are addicted to opiates is because of the chemical reaction that occurs that releases endorphins to your brain. Healing the addicted brain takes time, and the methods I am about to tell you should be used a long with the program that your medical practitioner has laid out for you in beating your addiction.

The number one way that I know of, that creates natural endorphins in the brain is extreme exercise. When you exercise, natural endorphins are released. They call it a”runners high.”  In order to create this release of natural endorphins you have to do some kind of cardiovascular exercise that is going to get your heart going and your blood flowing. The reason for this is because endorphins are released in the presence of the “fight or flight”  response we have hardwired into our DNA.

This means that it isn’t only exercise that will increase the release of endorphins but also extreme excitement, or fear. With that said, you can also do things you are afraid to do that won’t kill you, or things that create a massive adrenaline rush. An example of this for me, is approaching beautiful women, skydiving, and public speaking. Although I am afraid to do these things, once I do them, I feel great about myself. I feel like I can conquer anything. I feel high on life.

On top of all this, there are also some other things that can help you increase your natural endorphin levels. Chocolate has been known to increase endorphins and so has an amino acid supplement known as D-phenylalanine and L-phenylalanine. These are supplements you can order on the web or at any other place that sells nutrients and vitamins.  What they do is attack the enzymes that destroy excess endorphin levels. People with endorphin deficiencies  don’t have excess endorphins so these supplements are recommended for their needs.

In conclusion, the effects of drug abuse on the body and mind are tough to deal with . Healing the addicted brain is not easy, but it is possible. I hope this biological model of addiction was helpful for you and I really hope you start implementing some of these methods into your life.

To your recovery and health,
Chris Clark- Drug Abuse Help (www.addictsapple.com)

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