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Biofeedback Therapy Overview

Understanding Of 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. Because the body behaves in certain ways when under stress such as during withdrawal or when experiencing cravings, this information can help the patient to effectively use various methods to relax.


During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. The sensors are connected to special medical machines that produce information to the medical staff on the patient's body reactions.


Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation

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. These unconscious body functions can add to the agony we are going through when we are experiencing intense pressure. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.


Some of these body responses are:

  • Breathing pace
  • Heartbeat rhythm
  • Skin temperature
  • Blood pressure level
  • Perspiration
  • Muscle contractions

These subconscious functions are usually elevated when one has taken alcohol or drugs. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.

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 will know that they need to find a way of relaxing in case they notice that the light is pulsing too rapidly. The rate of blood pumping by the heart will determine the speed of the pulse on this machine.


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Biofeedback Therapy Exercises And Methods

  • Meditation
  • Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • The patient learns how to release tension and relax tight muscles concentrating on a particular type of muscle at a time.
  • Guided Imagery
  • 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. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. Neurofeedback is just a subset of biofeedback, which can help restore the brain waves back to a healthy condition as they were before the addiction.


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.


Addiction Treatment 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.

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.

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.

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 therapy is also effective in dealing with mental health disorders that can co-occur with the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].


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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. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). 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.