The Brain and How It Reacts To Drugs

The brain is the most intricate body organ in all animals; it is to the body what a server is to all computers. The brain above all organs needs more attention and gets better with practice and exercise. However, once abused or affected by a disease or infection, it shuts down consequently shutting down some important body function. When the brain is corrupted, its functions to the body are hampered and can lead to injury or death; case and point when there is an overdose in drugs.

To understand the enormous effect drugs have on the body, it is important to understand how they work. Drugs such as marijuana, methadone, cocaine and heroin excite areas in the brain causing the production of dopamine that causes the feeling of extreme relaxation and a surge of joy normally referred to as the high. Some drugs go further and damage the neurons and cells in the brain due to the chemical reactions they bring about in the body and to the brain. This is how the brain responds to the use of drugs

  1. It gets used to the large amount of dopamine in the body generated every time a patient or user does the drugs in search of an escape from reality. Once this is happens, the continued use of the drug and the large amounts of dopamine produced interfere with the normal production of dopamine and the brain can no longer produce this chemicals until the user injects, or takes the drug.
  2. The surge in chemicals in the brain other that dopamine then starts affecting the brains functions as it tries to catch up or keep up with the drugs. In this cycle, you will notice that the user of the drug starts experience unpleasant experiences such as paranoia and memory loss.
  3. Once the brain and the body are dependent on the drug, they start to demand it by sending signals of cravings and uncontrollable urges to take the drugs. These cravings come about once the drug user is exposed to an environment or feeling that make him want to use the drug; these feelings such as loneliness, anxiety, fear and depression.
  4. The final stage is marked when the brain cannot do without the drug; a stage called addiction. In the stage the brain cannot operate without the drug, the user cannot think, decide, or do any task without a hit of the drug. The patient becomes a zombie without the drug and needs immediate and serious rehabilitation.

Gary Zomalt is a career psychotherapist with a passion to change lives in families, the community and for individuals. This is actually his career objective. He has helped numerous people beat drugs by rehabilitation, counseling and mentorship. Gary Zomalt is highly regarded in his practice as a professional who is good at what he does.