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Your Brain During Recovery

Neuroscience can tell us a lot about the brain during recovery. Recovery Research Institute (RRI) outlines three facts to help understand addiction and the brain. Chances in the brain are inevitable during substance use. Here are three key points to help understand the brain and addiction:

1. Some characteristics of addiction are similar to other chronic diseases.

2. Substances of misuse trick the brain’s reward system.

3. The brain can recovery — but it takes time. 

1. Some characteristics of addiction are similar to other chronic diseases.

RRI explains that addiction and the brain are similar to how cardiovascular disease damages the heart. They also explain that during brain scans, the diseased brain shows less activity than a healthy brain. The same is true with a healthy and unhealthy heart. RRI says that “addiction is similar to other chronic diseases in the following ways: it’s preventable, treatable, changes biology, and if untreated, it can last a lifetime.” These four points prove that addiction is a disease, just like any other. 

2. Substances of misuse trick the brain’s reward system.

Many things you do during your daily life bring you joy and pleasure. The more you do something, the more your brain craves that pleasure. In the brain, the pleasure is signaled by a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. “Over time, drugs become less rewarding, and craving for the drug takes over,” RRI says. As time goes on, the individual will feel less and less pleasure from the same use, causing them to increase their intake of the drug. 

3. The brain can recovery — but it takes time. 

RRI explains that during a brain scan, the brain is shown recovering from the impacts of the drug on the brain. “After 14 months,” they say “the dopamine transporter levels in the reward region of the brain return to nearly normal.”

Villa Tranquil Recovery focuses on the mind, body, and spirit when treating our patients. We want to help you recover. We want to help your brain recover and return to normal. We have trained and experienced staff ready to help you. Please reach out to us to learn more about our services. We cannot wait to hear from you! Call us today at 866-697-7573