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Biofeedback As Therapy

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.

Biofeedback Therapy works on helping the substance abuser consciously take charge of their mind and body functions.

Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. They can then adjust their bodies to respond to these impulses in help themselves overcome the desires for using the drugs.


The sensitivity nerves on the skin of a patient are studied during biofeedback. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.


Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation

This therapy aids the addicted person to understand how they respond to mental stimulations. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.

Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. Involuntary functions can get overexcited when we are under serious stress or when we are feeling anxious. Biofeedback medicine allows observing the body's involuntary reactions to emotional and physical stress.


Some of these body responses are:

  • Breathing
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure level
  • Sweating
  • Muscle activity

Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.

The patient can know all the information about their involuntary body responses after it has been displayed by the biofeedback machine. For example, a person may see his heartbeat rate in the form of flashing light or picture on a display of the computer. 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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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 the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
  • Creating Images In The Mind
  • One is required to create images in their mind that will keep them relaxed.

Neurofeedback Therapy And Eeq Therapy

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. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. The brain patterns can be returned back to the way they were before the addiction with the help of Neurofeedback.


When combined with other addiction treatment therapies Neurofeedback can provide recovering addicts with the skills needed to cope and to avoid a relapse.

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


Biofeedback And Other Treatments For Addiction

Medical professionals who use specialised equipment are the people who generally administer biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.

On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. The number of therapy sessions reduce if a person has not been using drugs for a long time. The stronger the addiction, the longer the sessions will take some taking as many as 50 sessions.

Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. 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.

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.

When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.


Get Professional Assistance To Beat Addiction

Biofeedback therapy is offered by inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs and can assist in recovering addicts to get a better understanding of their treatment needs. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one recovery technique that if used together with Biofeedback can yield positive results to the patient. 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. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.