August 17, 2016 Felicia Durling

The Central Nervous System and Mental Health

The Central Nervous System and Mental HealthRead any number of articles on addictive substances and become quickly familiarized with the term “central nervous system”. Connecting to the very hidden parts of the human body that play such vital roles in everyday existence is hard. Unlike the updates and notifications received in social environments every single day, the brain does not exactly have a Facebook page to send out status reports on its every move.

Imagine if the internal environment of a human acted in a similar fashion to the external environment. The newsfeed of the brain and body would be blowing up beyond any computer’s capability to compute. However, because the brain is capable of so much, it is able to send out these messages all the time.


The Central Nervous System and Mental Health

One of the biggest players in this network of activity inside the human body is the central nervous system. Hard hitting drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine (“meth”), and synthetic stimulants, are central nervous system drugs. By sending the core of these powerful substances with a one-way ticket to the central nervous system, an array of symptoms arise, affecting the body and the brain in very real ways.


What is the Central Nervous System?

Before going into the textbook definition of the central nervous system, it can be broken down piece by piece just by its name. The body runs on systems of nerves connected to the brain, which dictates all of the body’s physical and mental functions, sometimes in the millions per second. Central means the center, the hub of what is happening. Thereby the central nervous system is the second to throne next to the brain. In fact, the brain is part of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is responsible for controlling almost all of the body’s functions. From the way the fingers send a ‘tweet’ to the way the brain came up with those 140 characters, the central nervous system is dictating the show.

Consisting of the brain and the spinal cord, the central nervous system connects the brain to the body. The brain sends out the signals the spine needs to tell the body what to do, including senses and motor functions. When the spine or brain is injured, there is usually a ripple effect in the way the central nervous system operates. Central nervous system drugs have the same effect. Paralyzing in their own way, like a severe spinal injury, strong drugs create a disconnect between the brain and the body. Prolonged abuse of these drugs can create lasting impairment on the central nervous system, but with time and treatment recovery is possible.


If you feel concerned that you have started to lose control of your mind-body connection, you might be ready for treatment. We do more than recover at Center for Life Change. We bring peace back to body, mind, and spirit. Call us today for more information on our treatment options. (951) 775-4000

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