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Biofeedback As Therapy

Knowledge Of 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.


Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient during biofeedback. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.


Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction

This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. This information can also tell physicians the needs of the patient and they can use this information when coming up with a treatment plan.

Many body functions carry on without us being conscious 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 therapy can track involuntary functions such as:

  • Breathing pace
  • Pulse rate
  • Bodily temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Contraction of muscles

Symptoms of quitting drugs or alcohol quite often cause physical tension and stronger unconscious responses. Withdrawal symptoms during detox like nervousness, hopelessness, unrelenting muscle pain and agitation can be treated using Biofeedback therapy.

The patient can know all the information about their involuntary body responses after it has been displayed by the biofeedback machine. The patient's heart rate may be represented by a pulsing light that is displayed on the monitor of the machine for instance. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. 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-Based Meditation Practice
  • Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • 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 Imagery
  • A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.

Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy

EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. Normal brainwave patterns can become disrupted with the continued use of alcohol and drugs over a period of time. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.


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

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Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the 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. 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.

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 no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.

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

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.

Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].


Assistance For Your Addiction Problem

There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. Biofeedback approach can work well with many healing methods, such as, for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Non conventional treatment methods such as holistic therapies also work well with this treatment.

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.