Detoxing Your Brain from Drugs and Alcohol
The first step to entering a successful recovery is undergoing the detox process. It’s uncomfortable, but vital to the recovery process. Rehabilitation from a mind-altering substance cannot truly work without the brain being free from the influence of psychoactive substances. If an individual is still subject to addiction, the recovery process is inhibited; the cycle of addiction must be broken through detox.
When an individual first uses a substance, the brain experiences a rush of neurotransmitters (primarily Dopamine and Serotonin). This overload of chemicals is what gives many substances its euphoric properties.
However, with repeated usage, the neuro-circuitry in the brain attempts to adjust to abnormally high levels of dopamine. The figure below demonstrate the changes a brain goes through that necessitates the need for detox.