What Is 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.
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.
During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.
Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction
This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.
It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. Involuntary functions can get overexcited when we are under serious stress or when we are feeling anxious. Biofeedback therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are
- Breathing rhythm
- Heart rate
- Body temperature
- Blood pressure
- Muscle movements
Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.
The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. 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 Practices
- Mindfulness Meditation
- This is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- This is an exercise in which recovering addicts focus on the release of tension in over tight muscles within the body concentrating on one muscle group at a time.
- Guided Imagery
- Here the patient deliberately focuses on calming, beautiful pictures and scenery that help calm the emotions and body.
Neurofeedback As A 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. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. The brain patterns can be returned back to the way they were before the addiction with the help of Neurofeedback.
Combined with other addiction therapies, neurofeedback teaches recovering patients techniques, which help resist cravings.
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Addiction Treatment 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.
Therapy sessions last between 30 minutes to an hour. An addict having not that severe form of addiction may require just 10 biofeedback treatments to show effective outcomes. An increase in the therapy sessions will definitely increase when you have used the drugs for long.
The therapy is not invasive. Biofeedback therapy is an effective alternative for people who experience unpleasant reactions to addiction treatment medications. There is no medication used with this treatment method and this makes biofeedback therapy a good option for pregnant recovering drug users.
Biofeedback as well as neurofeedback treatment provide patients with psychological benefit for their struggle against addiction.
You can stop an addiction by learning how to control some of the body responses.
The drug effects on the brain can be cured using these techniques. The following three are just a few of mental problems obsessive compulsive disorder (known as OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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There exist rehabilitation facilities that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment that apply Biofeedback Therapy in monitoring the effects of treatment. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Music and art are methods of overcoming addiction that can be used with biofeedback.
Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Call 0800 246 1509 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.