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Biofeedback Therapy Overview

Knowledge Of 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.

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

This biofeedback data can be transferred to the patient as pictures, light flashes or repeating sounds. 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. The biological responses in the body of a person are then transmitted through the electronic sensors that are attached to the skin which give results in a medical device.


Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction

Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. This information can also tell physicians the needs of the patient and they can use this information when coming up with a treatment plan.

Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. If a person is tense, nervous or in a stressful situation, these automatic reactions may worsen his state. Biofeedback medicine allows observing the body's involuntary reactions to emotional and physical stress.


Biofeedback medicine allows to track such unconscious bodily activities as:

  • Breathing pace
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Skin coldness level
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • 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 patient can read for themselves the results produced by the Biofeedback machines. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. The patient needs to be calm and relax when the pulse on the machine shows that the heart rate is faster than normal. 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

  • Meditation
  • Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
  • 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
  • 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.

Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy

EEQ Therapy which is also known as Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback therapy. This attempts to calm down over excited brain activity. The brain's activity is usually interfered with when the person are using drugs. Relapses can easily be triggered by emotional problems such as anxiousness and depression and these can all be caused by irregular brain patterns. 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

There are special machines used in this technique and they must be handled by a professional medic. The patients can also monitor their progress using the biofeedback app compatible with a number of smartphones.

It takes less than an hour for one remedy session. 10 sessions may be all that is needed for results to be seen if the addiction was mild. Individuals with severe addictions may require up to 50 sessions.

The therapy is not invasive. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Since no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.

One of the proven ways of getting rid of an addiction is through biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques.

A recovering user will be able to feel like they are more in control of their body when they understand how the use of drugs affects their minds and bodies and what they can do to counter these effects.

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.


Assistance For Your Addiction Problem

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. When used to complement other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback therapy can be quite effective. This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.