neurology of addiction

decreased grey brain cells due to trauma, also evidenced in addicted individuals

decreased grey brain cells due to trauma, also evidenced in addicted individuals

oh, so that’s it .. addiction is an electro-chemical neurological brain impulse!  What I need is an “internal dependency shift” to achieve “neurological pacification”.

In a recent Harvard lecture, “Drug Addiction: the Neurobiology of Disrupted Free Will,” the strong connection between memory and craving suggests  more effective treatments might focus on disrupting memory rather than affecting only the rewards a drug user experiences.

addiction changes brain

addiction changes brain

Scientists have determined the insular cortex, or insula, plays a key role in reinforcing behavioral cues that foster maintenance of the addiction in smokers. The dollar sized insula is located deep in the cerebral cortex. In a study of individuals who damaged the region, results determined that smokers were no longer addicted to cigarettes.

Imaging studies of the insula have shown that the region is activated by drug-associated cues, such as the sight of people doing drugs or drug paraphernalia. Arthur Brody, MD, associate professor in residence in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California-Los Angeles, has studied the phenomenon in drug addicts.

Mirror neurons: A mirror neuron is a neuron which fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another (especially conspecific) animal. Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behavior of another animal, as though the observer were itself acting. These neurons have been directly observed in primates, and are believed to exist in humans and in some birds. In humans, brain activity consistent with mirror neurons has been found in the premotor cortex and the inferior parietal cortex.

Mirror Neurons: Nova Video

Primal Therapy: let’s look at the brain another  way

Early trauma, partiularly during birth when the brain can be deprived of oxyen, causes imprinted neurological pathways which cannot be rewired without reliving the trauma.

Brain cells appear to be effected by extreme trama: decrease in gray matter. A study of 911 observors

The Role of Mirror Neurns in Addiction and Recovery
Martin Nicolau

~ by boatsie on November 20, 2008.

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