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.
The purpose of biofeedback is to show recovering users that they can take back control of their bodies and minds.
The information received could be relayed back to the patient in the form of sounds, images or flashes of light. 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.
Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient during biofeedback. The sensors are connected to special medical machines that produce information to the medical staff on the patient's body reactions.
How Biofeedback Therapy Helps Treat Addiction Treatment
This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. This will the show what is needed on the patient's treatment and the doctors can design that.
It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. These unconscious body functions can add to the agony we are going through when we are experiencing intense pressure. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are
- Breathing levels
- Pulse rate
- Skin temperature
- Blood pressure
- Sweat production
- Muscle contractions
When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they can experience more physical stress and the rate of some involuntary responses may increase. Anxiousness, agitation and depression are just a few of the issues that can be helped with the use of biofeedback therapy.
The machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the 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 pulsating light or image on the screen will slow down simultaneously as the heart rate does.
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The Practices Involved In Biofeedback
- This is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
- Muscle Relaxation
- When the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
- Guided Imagery
- Here the patient deliberately focuses on calming, beautiful pictures and scenery that help calm the emotions and body.
Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy
EEQ treatment (another name "neurofeedback") is a subdivision of biofeedback medicine that aims at calming overstimulated brain. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. 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 neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other remedial treatment, the addicted person is armed to succeed in remaining clean.
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Addiction Treatment And Biofeedback Therapy
Medical professionals who use specialised equipment are the people who generally administer biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.
The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. Those not seriously addicted might need a reading of only 10 minutes. The stronger the addiction, the longer the sessions will take some taking as many as 50 sessions.
Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.
Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.
Understanding how the mind and body in an individual are affected by their addiction is extremely important. This information gives medical professionals the knowledge about how to modify these effects to help recovering addicts feel a sense of control over themselves during their recovery.
Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. Among those mental illnesses are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Assistance For Your Addiction Problem
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. When used to complement other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback therapy can be quite effective. Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.
Most drug rehab centres are offering full addiction healing programs, which normally include biofeedback methods and other therapies. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.