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Biofeedback As Therapy

What Does Biofeedback Mean


When trying to stay clean, it can help to be able to control body functions that we consider involuntary such as how fast we breathe or our pulse rate.

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 information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. 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.


Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment

Understanding involuntary body functions can be helpful and biofeedback therapy can help the recovering users to do this. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.

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 helps pinpoint these subconscious reactions.


Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are:

  • Breathing rate
  • Heartbeat pace
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Muscle activity

These subconscious functions are usually elevated when one has taken alcohol or drugs. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.

The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the computer screen. If the pulsating light is fast the recovering addict is given the information that they need to use stress relieving techniques in order to lower their heart rate. The rate of blood pumping by the heart will determine the speed of the pulse on this machine.


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Biofeedback Treatment Practices

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • This is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
  • 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.
  • Creating Images In The Mind
  • One is required to create images in their mind that will keep them relaxed.

Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy

The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. A brain that is used to depending on drugs or alcohol over a prolonged period produces abnormal brain waves. The improper brain work can be connected with low spirits, nervousness and other negative emotions that could provoke back-set. The brain patterns can be returned back to the way they were before the addiction with the help of Neurofeedback.


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

Call us now to locate a treatment centre which can offer biofeedback therapy.


Addiction Treatment And Biofeedback Therapy

Medical professionals who use specialised equipment are the people who generally administer biofeedback therapy. The patients can also monitor their progress using the biofeedback app compatible with a number of smartphones.

On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. 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.

This technique will not interfere with your life in any way. Biofeedback therapy might work for those with severe withdrawal symptoms. Since no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.

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

Patient have better control over their healing process when they understand how addiction affects their physique and spirit, and what can be done to change the consequences.

Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.


Locating Help To Get Past Addiction

There exist rehabilitation facilities that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment that apply Biofeedback Therapy in monitoring the effects of treatment. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.

Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. Contact our addiction adviser on 0800 246 1509 and begin your recovery from now.