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Biofeedback Approach

What Is 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 information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. The patient then can take action on the related faculty to obtain a positive feedback which helps in controlling their reactions in times of stress or during an urge for drug or alcohol.


Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient during biofeedback. The sensors are connected to special medical machines that produce information to the medical staff on the patient's body reactions.


Treating Addiction Using Biofeedback Therapy

Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. 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.

There are many functions in our body that occur involuntarily. Involuntary functions can get overexcited when we are under serious stress or when we are feeling anxious. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.


Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are:

  • Breathing rate
  • Heart rate
  • Skin temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweat production
  • Muscle activity

Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary 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. 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. 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
  • A practice of tranquil focusing attention aimed at becoming free from stressful emotions and ideas.
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • When the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
  • Creating Images In The Mind
  • 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 As A Therapy

The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. Normal brainwave patterns can become disrupted with the continued use of alcohol and drugs over a period of time. 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.


Neurofeedback therapy can help recovering users to develop techniques that they can use to stay clean when coupled with other treatment methods.

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


Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. You can avoid visiting at a treatment facility, and carry out a Biofeedback session at home using the App on your smartphone. facility.

On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. 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.

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. There is no medication used with this treatment method and this makes biofeedback therapy a good option for pregnant recovering drug users.

When coupled with neurofeedback therapy, this method can provide a mental advantage to a person recovering from an addiction.

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.

Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. 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

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. 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.

Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. Contact our addiction adviser on 0800 246 1509 and begin your recovery from now.