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.
Taking charge of your body and its operation is one way through which a person can get over the use of drugs and this is the whole concept of Biofeedback.
The information received could be relayed back to the patient in the form of sounds, images or flashes of light. 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.
The sensitivity nerves on the skin of a patient are studied during biofeedback. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.
Treating Addiction Using Biofeedback Therapy
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.
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. Biofeedback medicine allows observing the body's involuntary reactions to emotional and physical stress.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are:
Skin coldness level
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 body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. 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 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.
This involves the patient letting go of depressing thoughts and feelings and allowing themselves to think pleasant and good thoughts that produce a nice feeling.
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.
Creating Images In The Mind
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. Normal brainwave patterns can become disrupted with the continued use of alcohol and drugs over a period of time. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.
Combined with other addiction therapies, neurofeedback teaches recovering patients techniques, which help resist cravings.
The biofeedback technique of recovery are in a number of rehabs and we can link you with one.
Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy
A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. At home, there are special applications for smartphones that can also be used to provide some biofeedback.
It takes less than an hour for one remedy session. 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.
Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.
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.
Biofeedback therapy is also effective in dealing with mental health disorders that can co-occur with the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.
Locating Help To Get Past 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 therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.
A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971.