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Biofeedback Therapy And Treatment

What Is 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.

Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. 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.


During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.


How Biofeedback Therapy Helps Treat Addiction Treatment

This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.

It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.


Biofeedback medicine allows to track such unconscious bodily activities as:

  • Breathing rhythm
  • Pulse rate
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Muscle contractions

These subconscious functions are usually elevated when one has taken alcohol or drugs. 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. The patient's heart rate may be represented by a pulsing light that is displayed on the monitor of the machine for instance. If the wave is moving fast, then the patient understands they have to control their agitation using the techniques they learned to slow the heartbeat. 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 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 Relaxation Of Muscles
  • When a person is tense, their muscles may also tense up and this exercise teaches them how to relax the muscles from one part of the body to the next.
  • Guided Affective Imagery
  • This is an exercise that is designed to help the mind and body to relax by focusing on images and situations that are positive and relaxing.

Neurofeedback Therapy Overview

EEQ Therapy which is also known as Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback therapy. This attempts to calm down over excited brain activity. A brain that is used to depending on drugs or alcohol over a prolonged period produces abnormal brain waves. 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.


Combined with other addiction therapies, neurofeedback teaches recovering patients techniques, which help resist cravings.

If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.


Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

Doctors who choose biofeedback approach normally use special appliances. At home, there are special applications for smartphones that can also be used to provide some biofeedback.

Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.

One of the main advantages of biofeedback therapy is its non invasiveness. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Since there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.

A psychological edge over the addiction is provided by biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy to recovering addicts, which can prove immensely helpful.

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.

Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. 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).


Locating Help To Get Past 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 therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. Music and art are methods of overcoming addiction that can be used with biofeedback.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. You will start your recovery today when you talk to a professional today, contact 0800 246 1509.