The brain is a major organ of the body that can get severely damaged during recovery. Depending upon the substance you’ve used and the length of substance use, the brain might not be able to recover. Drugs like meth and heroin can do some significant damage because of the nature of the drug. However, even other substances like alcohol or cocaine can affect the brain. Because it’s not only the high that gets a person hooked; it’s also the way the brain responds to the high.

Experts believe that drugs and alcohol activate the brain’s reward system. Whatever substance a person ingests increases the release of dopamine from neurons in certain areas of the brain. Typically, dopamine is released after experiencing something pleasurable, whether you’re high on a drug or not. However, taking certain drugs can induce dopamine too. In fact, there are certain drugs that artificially induce the presence of dopamine in a person’s brain, which might cause them to want more and more of the drug. Addiction can affect the brain so much that eventually it drives a person to believe that they need the substance in order to survive. And this causes using a substance even though a person knows it’s harming their life and those around them.

The point is that the brain is a vital organ that gets severely affected by substance use and addiction. If you’re in recovery, you might want to know ways to help heal the brain. You might be interested in how to restore your physical, emotional, and psychological health – each of which involve the health of the brain. Here are a few good ways to help give a boost to the brain in recovery:

Meditate – This practice has so many benefits to the brain. It not only teaches one to relax and respond to life’s stressful moments in a peaceful way, but it also helps with focus, alleviates depression, increases memory, and eases physical pain.

Do something new – Whenever you learn something new, you grow the brain. When you do the same thing over and over again, you reinforce the brain’s connections. However, when you engage in a new activity, you grow new synaptic connections in the brain, helping it to grow and heal. To do this, drive down a new street on the way home, change your routine, learn a new skill, or try a new recipe. New activities stimulate the brain in new ways.

Take power naps – These short, 30-minute naps can improve memory. They affect your brain’s ability to make short-term memory more permanent, giving you greater ability to recall information and facts more readily.

Eat vitamin-rich foods – If you want to improve the health of the brain, eat foods like almonds, blueberries, and chocolate. Almonds have high levels of vitamin E, which can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment. Blueberries contain antioxidants, which lessen inflammation and contribute to memory concerns. Chocolate can boost cognitive ability and reduce the risk of dementia.

These are suggestions for healing the brain when it’s been affected by addiction. If you’re in recovery, try these tips to see their affect on your cognitive function, emotional well being, and psychological stability.

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