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Biofeedback Therapy Overview

Knowledge Of Biofeedback


One can stop their over dependency on drugs by learning to take charge of their feelings and normal body functions such as inhaling.

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.

Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. The information relayed can help the patient to use relaxation exercises in order to gain control over how their body responds during stressful situations, which can cause withdrawals and cravings.


Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient 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.


Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment

Biofeedback methods may help those addicts who try to recover get a better understanding of their spontaneous processes. This will the show what is needed on the patient's treatment and the doctors can design that.

There are many functions in our body that occur involuntarily. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. Biofeedback therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.


Some of these body responses are:

  • Breathing levels
  • Heartbeat pace
  • Skin coldness level
  • Blood pressure
  • Perspiration
  • Muscle contractions

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 body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. 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 pulsating light or image on the screen will slow down simultaneously as the heart rate does.


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Biofeedback Treatment Practices

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • 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
  • The patient learns how to release tension and relax tight muscles concentrating on a particular type of muscle at a time.
  • Guided Imagery
  • Here the patient deliberately focuses on calming, beautiful pictures and scenery that help calm the emotions and body.

Neurofeedback Therapy And Eeq Therapy

EEQ treatment (another name "neurofeedback") is a subdivision of biofeedback medicine that aims at calming overstimulated brain. The working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.


When neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other remedial treatment, the addicted person is armed to succeed in remaining clean.

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Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback is a specialized treatment offered by medical personnel who have the special machines required. Biofeedback smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.

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. The stronger the addiction, the longer the sessions will take some taking as many as 50 sessions.

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.

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

Biofeedback therapy is also effective in dealing with mental health disorders that can co-occur with the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].


Locating Help To Get Past Addiction

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. When used to complement other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback therapy can be quite effective. The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.

Most drug rehab centres are offering full addiction healing programs, which normally include biofeedback methods and other therapies. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.