Drugs effect

Posted: December 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Drugs activate the brain’s reward system, ( a chemical release in the brain) producing a euphoric effect. That’s because most drugs directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine, producing a euphoric ( pleasure )effect. Despite the havoc these drugs wreak in our brains, we are likely to keep using them once the cycle has begun.
Drugs are more powerful than natural rewards because they can release TWO to TEN times the amount of dopamine ( a neurotransmitter ) and the effects last much longer. Because our brains are hard-wired to remember and repeat activities that trigger this internal reward system, first use is often not the last.
The brains priority and only job is SURVIVAL. Once drugs interrupt the brains reward system a pattern begins, an interception takes place and the brains priorities CHANGE..
.. THIS SURVIVAL MODE kicks into a different gear, the brain believes it needs this drug to to SURVIVE… This is Addiction. The brain goes to great lengths to survive. An addicts brain goes to great lengths to stay addicted. When an addict brains priorities change, you will see the most cunning and deceptive acts of behavior. The addict becomes JAMES BOND nothing else matters but Survival. You won’t know what to believe, you won’t recognize your own family member, and you won’t understand this because it seems impossible …but it is just this powerful. ( The brain that is ) When we fight to Survive, nothing else matters.
Teens are especially vulnerable to this effect because their still-developing brains are less effective at controlling powerful pleasure…
…Serious business, Craig /Dad-2

“Our culture emphasizes self-determination and willpower… We want to be masters of our own destiny, but sometimes we aren’t.”
A parents powerlessness over a child’s addiction, is the most difficult experience a parent goes through upon first encountering the disease , on such an intimate level?

Drugs & the brain,
Research shows that drugs interfere with the brain’s communication system.
Our brains are the most complex organs in our bodies. The brain’s communications centers consist of billions of neurons, or nerve cells. Networks of neurons pass messages back and forth to different structures within the brain, the spinal column, and the peripheral nervous system. This intricate system regulates our thoughts, emotions and everything we do. Drugs interrupt these vital communications and reduce the brain’s ability to perform basic life functions.

Research shows that drugs work in the brain by tapping into the brain’s communication system and interfering with the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. Different drugs work in their own unique ways, but they are equally destructive. Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, activate neurons because their chemical structure mimics that of a neurotransmitter, sending abnormal messages through the brain. Other drugs, such as amphetamine or cocaine, disrupt communication channels by releasing abnormally large amounts of neurotransmitters.

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