What Is Biofeedback
One can stop their over dependency on drugs by learning to take charge of their feelings and normal body functions such as inhaling.
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.
The information received could be relayed back to the patient in the form of sounds, images or flashes of light. 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.
In the course of biofeedback, special sensors are put on the person's skin. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.
Treating Addiction Using Biofeedback Therapy
Understanding involuntary body functions can be helpful and biofeedback therapy can help the recovering users to do this. After receiving the information medical professionals utilise the same to create a treatment plan which is tailored to the specific needs of the recovering addict.
Many of our body responses are involuntary. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are
- Breathing rate
- Pulse rate
- Skin temperature
- Blood pressure
- Sweat production
- Muscle contractions
Symptoms of quitting drugs or alcohol quite often cause physical tension and stronger unconscious responses. Anxiousness, agitation and depression are just a few of the issues that can be helped with the use of biofeedback therapy.
The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a 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. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.
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Biofeedback Therapy Practices
- 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.
- Muscle Relaxation
- When the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
- Guided 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 And Eeq Therapy
EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. The brain patterns can be returned back to the way they were before the addiction with the help of Neurofeedback.
When neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other remedial treatment, the addicted person is armed to succeed in remaining clean.
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Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy
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.
On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.
The therapy is not invasive. Biofeedback therapy is an effective alternative for people who experience unpleasant reactions to addiction treatment medications. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.
Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.
You can stop an addiction by learning how to control some of the body responses.
Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. 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
Off-site and on-site recovery schemes containing biofeedback medicine may be helpful for the addicts in determining their treatment requirements. Biofeedback approach can work well with many healing methods, such as, for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.
Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. Call 0800 246 1509 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.