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Addiction And The Brain

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Addiction And The Brain.

The human body is a highly complex “machine” and the brain is undoubtedly the powerhouse behind a person’s actions, reactions and behaviour.

Whether a person is addicted to a substance or a behaviour their actions and overpowering need changes the way the brain works.

Drugs and the Brain:

Addiction And The Brain. The brain is made up of many different parts. Under normal circumstances these all work together as a team. When a person is addicted this affects different parts of the brain and many of its basic functions. This is why common traits of risk taking, poor decision making and behaviour that is far from expected are all experienced by an addict. No matter what is causing their addiction.

Addictive behaviours – Not only drug related:

As can be seen from the above, addiction is not only related to drugs or alcohol. There is far more to addictive behaviour. While substance abuse is by far the most prevalent reason for addiction there are many other things that can cause it. These include such things as gambling, sex, the internet and even shopping.

Signs of addictive behaviours:

Here are 6 behavioural signs of an addict. As will be seen, each one could relate to any type of addiction. If you feel that one or more of these behaviours describes your current situation it is important to seek professional rehabilitation assistance as soon as possible. The longer your addiction continues the more entrenched it will become.

  • It is not that serious: Convincing yourself that your problem is not as serious as it really is. This sign also plays a big part in denial which is a major defence mechanism used by those dependent upon something.
  • Unable to stop: You have tried on various occasions to stop or cut-back but these efforts are very short lived.
  • Constantly on your mind: As dependence deepens you find more and more of your time is spent thinking about it, planning around it or engaging in it.
  • Classed as the ‘norm’: Convincing yourself that the only way to feel normal and cope with emotions is to be doing something related to your dependence.
  • Continuing despite negative consequences: Even though you realise the negative physical and mental consequences your actions are creating and you are fully aware of the worrying effects it is having on those closest to you. The urge to continue is far stronger and your compulsive behaviour continues.
  • Neglecting duties: Studying, work and family commitments all take a back-seat. This is due to your growing obsession and the need to partake in it on a constantly increasing basis.

Nothing should prevent you seeking help:

Whatever you are addicted to must not be kept hidden. Do not try to hide your problems due to perceived shame, embarrassment or failure. The longer you maintain denial to yourself and others the deeper your addiction will become.

Addiction And The Brain – Rehabilitation professionals are not there to judge. They are there to help. Whatever you have a dependence upon they will be able to assist and advise the most appropriate treatment available.

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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