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Biofeedback Therapy And Treatment

Defining Biofeedback


If a person suffering addiction learns to manage his reflective functions, for example, cardiac rate or breathing, he will feel stronger in his struggle.

During the treatment, recovering addicts need to gain control over their mind and body. Biofeedback is a form of therapy, which can help addicts achieve this objective.

This biofeedback data can be transferred to the patient as pictures, light flashes or repeating sounds. The patient then can take action on the related faculty to obtain a positive feedback which helps in controlling their reactions in times of stress or during an urge for drug or alcohol.


The process starts with placing of sensors on the skin of the patient. The sensors are connected to special medical machines that produce information to the medical staff on the patient's body reactions.


Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation

Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.

Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of them. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. Biofeedback therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.


Biofeedback therapy can track involuntary functions such as:

  • Breathing rhythm
  • Heartbeat pace
  • Temperature of the skin
  • Blood pressure level
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Contraction of muscles

Symptoms of quitting drugs or alcohol quite often cause physical tension and stronger unconscious responses. Withdrawal symptoms during detox like nervousness, hopelessness, unrelenting muscle pain and agitation can be treated using Biofeedback therapy.

Biofeedback machine registers physiological functions and then exhibits them to the addict. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a computer screen. The patient will know that they need to find a way of relaxing in case they notice that the light is pulsing too rapidly. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.


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Biofeedback Therapy Practices

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • This involves the patient letting go of depressing thoughts and feelings and allowing themselves to think pleasant and good thoughts that produce a nice feeling.
  • 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
  • One is required to create images in their mind that will keep them relaxed.

Neurofeedback As A Therapy

The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. Normal brainwave patterns can become disrupted with the continued use of alcohol and drugs over a period of time. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.


Neurofeedback therapy can help recovering users to develop techniques that they can use to stay clean when coupled with other treatment methods.

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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.

Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. An addict having not that severe form of addiction may require just 10 biofeedback treatments to show effective outcomes. Individuals with severe addictions may require up to 50 sessions.

One of the main advantages of biofeedback therapy is its non invasiveness. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. Moreover, biofeedback can help expectant ladies who recover from addiction because it does not use any medications.

Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.

Getting a picture of how different body parts and functions are related and how they respond to addiction, knowing how to control those responses gives the addict the weapon needed to take control of their healing.

Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. The following three are just a few of mental problems: obsessive compulsive disorder (known as OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


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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. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Music and art are methods of overcoming addiction that can be used with biofeedback.

Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. You will start your recovery today when you talk to a professional today, contact 0800 246 1509.