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Knowledge Of 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.

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.

This information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. Because the body behaves in certain ways when under stress such as during withdrawal or when experiencing cravings, this information can help the patient to effectively use various methods to relax.


The process starts with placing of sensors on the skin of the patient. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.


Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation

This therapy aids the addicted person to understand how they respond to mental stimulations. 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.

Many of our body responses are involuntary. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.


Biofeedback therapy can track involuntary functions such as

  • Breathing pace
  • Heartbeat rhythm
  • Skin temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Muscle movements

When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they can experience more physical stress and the rate of some involuntary responses may increase. Biofeedback may help cope with such frequent sufferings from drug quitting as depression, restlessness, anxiety and incessant pain in muscles.

The machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. For example, a person may see his heartbeat rate in the form of flashing light or picture on a display of the computer. The patient will know that they need to find a way of relaxing in case they notice that the light is pulsing too rapidly. 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
  • A practice of tranquil focusing attention aimed at becoming free from stressful emotions and ideas.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • When the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
  • Guided Imagery
  • 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. The working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. The improper brain work can be connected with low spirits, nervousness and other negative emotions that could provoke back-set. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.


When combined with other addiction treatment therapies Neurofeedback can provide recovering addicts with the skills needed to cope and to avoid a relapse.

If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.


Biofeedback Medicine And Addiction Treatment Areas

A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the 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. The number of therapy sessions reduce if a person has not been using drugs for a long time. The stronger the addiction, the longer the sessions will take some taking as many as 50 sessions.

Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure. Biofeedback therapy is an effective alternative for people who experience unpleasant reactions to addiction treatment medications. Since there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.

A psychological edge over the addiction is provided by biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy to recovering addicts, which can prove immensely helpful.

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 treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].


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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. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.