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Biofeedback Approach

What Is Biofeedback


Consciously being able to control your breathing and heart beat is powerful in the hands of an addict on their way out of addiction.

Biofeedback is some form of treatment offering those who recover from addiction a method to control their physiology and mind.

The information received could be relayed back to the patient in the form of sounds, images or flashes of light. They can then adjust their bodies to respond to these impulses in help themselves overcome the desires for using the drugs.


In the course of biofeedback, special sensors are put on the person's skin. These sensors are connected to the special medical device which furnishes the medical professionals providing the treatment "feedback" on the patient's "bio" signs.


Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction

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.

Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. Biofeedback therapy helps pinpoint these subconscious reactions.


Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are:

  • 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. Anxiousness, agitation and depression are just a few of the issues that can be helped with the use of biofeedback therapy.

The machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. The patient will know that they need to find a way of relaxing in case they notice that the light is pulsing too rapidly. The pulsating light or image on the screen will slow down simultaneously as the heart rate does.


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Biofeedback Treatment Practices

  • Meditation
  • A practice of tranquil focusing attention aimed at becoming free from stressful emotions and ideas.
  • Progressive Relaxation Of Muscles
  • 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 Treatment

EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. The working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. Your brain can go back to its normal way of functioning when the neurofeedback technique is used which is part of biofeedback.


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

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


Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

Medical professionals who use specialised equipment are the people who generally administer biofeedback therapy. 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. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. Individuals with severe addictions may require up to 50 sessions.

Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure. This method is usually a good substitute for recovering users who are not reacting well to the use of certain medicines during their treatment. There is no medication used with this treatment method and this makes biofeedback therapy a good option for pregnant recovering drug users.

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

Understanding how the mind and body in an individual are affected by their addiction is extremely important. This information gives medical professionals the knowledge about how to modify these effects to help recovering addicts feel a sense of control over themselves during their recovery.

The drug effects on the brain can be cured using these techniques. 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).


Get The Help Required To Get Over Drug Dependency

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). The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.

Most drug rehab centres are offering full addiction healing programs, which normally include biofeedback methods and other therapies. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.