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Biofeedback As Therapy

Defining Biofeedback


Certain functions throughout the body like breathing and heart beat are involuntary. Learning methods to control these mechanical functions can help people who are struggling with addictions to feel empowered on their path to recovery.

Biofeedback Therapy works on helping the substance abuser consciously take charge of their mind and body functions.

This biofeedback data can be transferred to the patient as pictures, light flashes or repeating sounds. The information relayed can help the patient to use relaxation exercises in order to gain control over how their body responds during stressful situations, which can cause withdrawals and cravings.


The sensitivity nerves on the skin of a patient are studied during biofeedback. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.


Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction

Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.

Many of our body responses are involuntary. If a person is tense, nervous or in a stressful situation, these automatic reactions may worsen his state. Biofeedback therapy helps pinpoint these subconscious reactions.


Some of these body responses are:

  • Breathing pace
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Bodily temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Muscle contractions

Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. Anxiousness, agitation and depression are just a few of the issues that can be helped with the use of biofeedback therapy.

The patient can know all the information about their involuntary body responses after it has been displayed by the biofeedback machine. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a computer screen. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.


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The Practices Involved In Biofeedback

  • Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practice
  • Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • This is an exercise in which recovering addicts focus on the release of tension in over tight muscles within the body concentrating on one muscle group at a time.
  • Guided Imagery
  • A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.

Neurofeedback Therapy Overview

EEQ treatment (another name "neurofeedback") is a subdivision of biofeedback medicine that aims at calming overstimulated brain. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. There are some bodily responses that cause the brain's activity to be interfered with. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.


When combined with other addiction treatment therapies Neurofeedback can provide recovering addicts with the skills needed to cope and to avoid a relapse.

The biofeedback technique of recovery are in a number of rehabs and we can link you with one.


Biofeedback And Other Treatments For Addiction

There are special machines used in this technique and they must be handled by a professional medic. Biofeedback treatments may be continued at addict's homes in continuation of procedures in the centre thanks to specific cell phone applications.

The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. 10 sessions may be all that is needed for results to be seen if the addiction was mild. An increase in the therapy sessions will definitely increase when you have used the drugs for long.

The therapy is not invasive. Biofeedback therapy might work for those with severe withdrawal symptoms. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.

When coupled with neurofeedback therapy, this method can provide a mental advantage to a person recovering from an addiction.

You can stop an addiction by learning how to control some of the body responses.

When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.


Get Professional Assistance To Beat Addiction

If you are a recovering user, you can understand better what you need in terms of treatment when you're in a treatment program that provides biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback approach can work well with many healing methods, such as, for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Non conventional treatment methods such as holistic therapies also work well with this treatment.

A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. You will start your recovery today when you talk to a professional today, contact 0800 246 1509.