Certain functions throughout the body like breathing and heart beat are involuntary. Learning methods to control these mechanical functions can help people who are struggling with addictions to feel empowered on their path to recovery.
Biofeedback Therapy works on helping the substance abuser consciously take charge of their mind and body functions.
The information received could be relayed back to the patient in the form of sounds, images or flashes of light. They can then adjust their bodies to respond to these impulses in help themselves overcome the desires for using the drugs.
Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient during biofeedback. These sensors are connected to the special medical device which furnishes the medical professionals providing the treatment "feedback" on the patient's "bio" signs.
Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation
Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.
There are many functions in our body that occur involuntarily. These unconscious body functions can add to the agony we are going through when we are experiencing intense pressure. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.
Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are
- Breathing levels
- Pulse rate
- Temperature of the skin
- Blood pressure
- Sweat production
- Muscle contractions
Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.
The patient can read for themselves the results produced by the Biofeedback machines. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a computer screen. If the wave is moving fast, then the patient understands they have to control their agitation using the techniques they learned to slow the heartbeat. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.
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Biofeedback Treatment Practices
- Mindfulness Meditation
- An exercise which is focused on the release of negative emotions and thoughts through peaceful concentration.
- Muscle Relaxation
- A technique that helps a recovering patient concentrate on relaxing tense muscles, but only one separate portion on muscles at a time.
- Guided Affective Imagery
- A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.
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. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.
When combined with other addiction treatment therapies Neurofeedback can provide recovering addicts with the skills needed to cope and to avoid a relapse.
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Biofeedback Medicine And Addiction Treatment Areas
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.
Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.
The therapy is not invasive. Biofeedback therapy is an effective alternative for people who experience unpleasant reactions to addiction treatment medications. Moreover, biofeedback can help expectant ladies who recover from addiction because it does not use any medications.
When coupled with neurofeedback therapy, this method can provide a mental advantage to a person recovering from an addiction.
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.
The drug effects on the brain can be cured using these techniques. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].
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. Biofeedback approach can work well with many healing methods, such as, for example Cognitive Behaviour 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. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.