-By A. Scott Roberts
Neuroplasticity (or brain plasticity) is a term used to describe the changes in neural pathways caused by body injury, thinking patterns, emotions, environment and behavior.1
Neurons, which are cells in the brain, are not entirely connected. When we have repetitive thoughts or behaviors, neural networks or pathways are created. These pathways are created by neurons firing or sending signals to each other.
These neurons that fire together, they wire together.
But it’s also true that when neurons stop firing together, the connections between them become weak and a whole new set of thought patterns and behaviors can be created.
Through neural firing, behaviors are either strengthened or weakened.
Most people are not taught the evidence-based methods that change the brain. Instead, most people desire to take medications or pills if they want to feel better. But medicating yourself only changes the brain’s chemistry temporarily. It doesn’t change the neural pathways. It isn’t a permanent solution and the chemical change only lasts as long as the drug is synthesized to last.
But by rewiring the brain through simple techniques, not only improve addiction and decision making, but improves other symptoms such as depression or anxiety, because when our neural pathways change, our brain chemistry changes along with it!2
This is why it is vitally important to use research-backed techniques that address the brain and leverage it’s neuroplasticity.
Scientists know that neuroplasticity (neurons changing) and neurogenisis (the birth of new neurons) occurs throughout human life.
Neuroplasticity can begin with molecular changes caused by learning and even large-scale cortical changes that actually remap the brain. Studies show that environment and cognition can alter the connectivity of neurons.3 Neurogenisis (the birth of new neurons) also occurs,4 and some practices, such as mindful meditation or proper cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques can make a profound positive and enduring changes to the brain.
This is why the Truth Of Addiction system includes easy to follow instructions for these methods.
-A. Scott Roberts
A. S. Business, B.S. Psychology, M.S. studies in Rehabilitation Counseling
Addiction Specialist and Researcher
1. Pascual-Leone, A., Freitas, C., Oberman, L., Horvath, J. C., Halko, M., Eldaief, M. et al. (2011). Characterizing brain cortical plasticity and network dynamics across the age-span in health and disease with TMS-EEG and TMS-fMRI. Brain Topography, 24, 302-315.
2. Goldin, P.R., Ziv, M., Jazaieri, H., Hahn K., Heimberg, R. (2013, October). Impact of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder on the Neural Dynamics of Cognitive Reappraisal of Negative Self-beliefs, JAMA Psychiatry, 2013;70(10):1048-1056.
3. Pascual-Leone, A., Freitas, C., Oberman, L., Horvath, J. C., Halko, M., Eldaief, M. et al. (2011). Characterizing brain cortical plasticity and network dynamics across the age-span in health and disease with TMS-EEG and TMS-fMRI. Brain Topography, 24, 302-315.
4. Rakic, P. (January 2002). “Neurogenesis in adult primate neocortex: an evaluation of the evidence”. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 3 (1): 65–71.