How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
There are many different substances that make a brain function properly: good water, minerals, vitamins, cell salts, proteins, and enzymes all help keep the brain healthy and active every single day. But there’s also lots more required to help balance the brain and keep its resilience and health in check.
Addiction and the brain is a fascinating topic that is still not completely understood. In this article, however, we’ll look at what we know about the chemical, neurological and electrical functions of how addiction works within a brain.
A brief introduction to the science
Before jumping in, it’s best to know just how amazing the human brain really is. It’s resilient, malleable, and can change drastically over time. It’s the engine that runs our entire ship, but keeping it in tip-top shape can be difficult when met with negative external influences like addictive substances. When someone gets a taste for a particular thing, be it sugar or stimulants or alcohol, our brains first form a habit. This habit can be quickly turned into an addiction if not kept in check. First, the brain will send neuron firing patterns for the substance into the cerebral cortex which then stimulates a cascade of the “feel good” chemical dopamine into the bloodstream, exciting the body into wanting the thing they are addicted to physically and of course mentally as a result.
Research has shown that decision-making might be controlled by automatic brain signals rather than our actual free will. Researchers at The Max Planck Institute state that “More than 20 years ago the American brain scientist Benjamin Libet found a brain signal, the so-called ‘readiness-potential’, that occurred a fraction of a second before a conscious decision.” When you develop a habit that becomes an addiction, your ability to make conscious decisions becomes even lower.
Neurological aspects of long term addiction
As detailed in numerous journals and studies all over the world, there are set concrete patterns of warning signs, behavior, and symptoms of addiction. However, the brain is an amazing thing and has the capacity to alter its own structure. Recovery is possible and improving the functions of the brain is an achievable task for any addict, no matter the severity of the addiction.
Hydration and the importance of water
The value of water mostly speaks for itself, and keeping yourself hydrated during addiction recovery cannot be overstated. But there are many other aspects as to what “kind” of water is best for the brain and body. Take care of your best self by drinking geometrically structured water :“Structured water is water in nature. If you take a gallon or ten gallons of water and pour it in a mountain stream at the top of the mountain and then collect it at the bottom, the water is structured. Structured water is free of memory. It has a balanced pH. The main contingent of structured water is life force energy, and that life force energy comes down to the water molecule itself. The water molecule has the power, the individual mandate to protect life, and that is to protect it from the things that are adverse to life and to generously provide the things that are good for life".