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Biofeedback Therapy And Treatment

Defining Biofeedback


When trying to stay clean, it can help to be able to control body functions that we consider involuntary such as how fast we breathe or our pulse rate.

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.

Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. This data allows them to apply proper loosened exercise to see how physical body reacts to difficult conditions, for example, quitting and strong desire for drugs.


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

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.

It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. Biofeedback therapy helps pinpoint these subconscious reactions.


Biofeedback therapy can track involuntary functions such as:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Bodily temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Muscle activity

Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. 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. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.


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Biofeedback Therapy Exercises And Methods

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • A practice of tranquil focusing attention aimed at becoming free from stressful emotions and ideas.
  • 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.

Neurofeedback As A Therapy

EEQ treatment (another name "neurofeedback") is a subdivision of biofeedback medicine that aims at calming overstimulated brain. 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. Your brain can go back to its normal way of functioning when the neurofeedback technique is used which is part of biofeedback.


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

We can help you locate a Biofeedback treatment facility.


Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback is a specialized treatment offered by medical personnel who have the special machines required. 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. 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. Biofeedback therapy might work for those with severe withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, biofeedback can help expectant ladies who recover from addiction because it does not use any medications.

Biofeedback as well as neurofeedback treatment provide patients with psychological benefit for their struggle against addiction.

Getting a picture of how different body parts and functions are related and how they respond to addiction, knowing how to control those responses gives the addict the weapon needed to take control of their healing.

Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, OCD and Post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the mental problems that can be helped using this method.


Locating Help To Get Past Addiction

There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one recovery technique that if used together with Biofeedback can yield positive results to the patient. This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.

A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.