Most of us are already aware that drugs have a tremendous effect on the
brain. Many people feel a “rush” from drugs, of course depending
on the type of drug and the individual. Those same chemicals that make
us feel good, however, also send signals to the brain to essentially alter
and rewire our chemistry. We all want to feel a boost of confidence or
a rush of endorphins, but with drugs, it can come at a significant cost
to the makeup of our brains.
How Are Drug Cravings Created?
The medical community has uncovered some interesting research as of late
on how drugs can alter the brain. One of the ways it does this is how
our brain processes the drugs to create “cravings.” According
to these recent studies, that craving is stored in the brain as a function
of memory. The more a person takes drugs, the more the brain has to process
the chemicals that enter the the body.
The drugs are continuously stimulating the proteins in the brain to become
accustomed to it, causing dependence and thus, the “cravings.”
Some of the research has further shown that this mechanism is so strong
that it can be detected for months after the individual no longer suffers
from withdrawal symptoms. It can even be detected in the brains of individuals
who have passed away as well. In short, drug addiction can be so powerful
so as to affect the brains of even the deceased—imagine just how
powerful they can be while we are living.
Get Help Today—Call Us!
That is why it is so important to have guidance when seeking treatment
for drug addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe so as to make
a person feel physically ill, that it is all too easy to turn back to
the drug just to find relief. Proper detoxification will require some
care over the long-term, as well as follow-ups and other care from a knowledgeable
team who can offer guidance for substance abuse and rehabilitation.
Therapeutic Solutions PC has a
substance abuse treatment program that is one of the few that are certified by the California Department
of Drug & Alcohol Programs. To get started please contact us at (530) 883-8535.