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Alcohol Dependence: New Insights To Get Control Of The Monster!


By harrisjensen - Posted on 16 July 2010

Brain Imaging Studies Reveal Nerves Craving Alcohol

Network Of Nerves Crave Alcohol And Fight A Person's Rational Self Control

Medical Model Works To Understand Addiction

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

 

Doctors see the brain as a whole, a wonderfully complex network of neurons that is excquisitely sensitive to the environment and dedicated to helping people solve problems and well, having a good day.

But in addiction, people find their brain is fighting them.

It seems the brain wants what is bad for it.  Wants what creates pain and suffering.  Wants what violates one's values.

It seems too much to keep track of the consequences of one's actions and thoughts, too much to take responsibility for even the simplest of things...that have to do with giving up the substance of the addiction.

Whether it is food, sugar, alcohol, crystal meth, cocaine, ecstasy, gambling, nicotine and the like.

More and more brain imaging studies are coming out showing a picture of the brain in action during cues for the addiction.  When a person sees the substance of their addiction, areas of the brain react differently, either speeding up or slowing down, giving evidence that something is abnormal in the basic physical functioning of the brain.

Non addicted people don't have this activation or slowing in the brain, in response to seeing the addictive substance.

This is evidence, then, that in addiction, a network of neurons has grown to want and depend on the "fix" it gets from the substance, and it is "taking over" other areas of the brain.

A picture of this influence on the brain of people with alcohol addiction is provided in this article...click ADDICTED to get it.

 

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