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Biofeedback Therapy Overview

What Does Biofeedback Mean


Consciously being able to control your breathing and heart beat is powerful in the hands of an addict on their way out of addiction.

During the treatment, recovering addicts need to gain control over their mind and body. Biofeedback is a form of therapy, which can help addicts achieve this objective.

This biofeedback data can be transferred to the patient as pictures, light flashes or repeating sounds. They can then adjust their bodies to respond to these impulses in help themselves overcome the desires for using the drugs.


The process starts with placing of sensors on the skin of the patient. These sensors are connected to the special medical device which furnishes the medical professionals providing the treatment "feedback" on the patient's "bio" signs.


Treating Addiction Using Biofeedback Therapy

Understanding involuntary body functions can be helpful and biofeedback therapy can help the recovering users to do this. 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.

There are many functions in our body that occur involuntarily. If a person is tense, nervous or in a stressful situation, these automatic reactions may worsen his state. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.


Biofeedback therapy can track involuntary functions such as:

  • Breathing pace
  • Pulse rate
  • Temperature of the skin
  • Blood pressure
  • Perspiration
  • Muscle contractions

Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.

Biofeedback machine registers physiological functions and then exhibits them to the addict. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a computer screen. The patient will know that they need to find a way of relaxing in case they notice that the light is pulsing too rapidly. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.


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Biofeedback Therapy Practices

  • Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practice
  • Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
  • 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
  • This is an exercise which directs the thoughts of the recovering soothing, positive images and various scenarios to relax the mind and body.

Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy

The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. Normal brainwave patterns can become disrupted with the continued use of alcohol and drugs over a period of time. The improper brain work can be connected with low spirits, nervousness and other negative emotions that could provoke back-set. Your brain can go back to its normal way of functioning when the neurofeedback technique is used which is part of biofeedback.


Neurofeedback therapy can help recovering users to develop techniques that they can use to stay clean when coupled with other treatment methods.

The biofeedback technique of recovery are in a number of rehabs and we can link you with one.


Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

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.

On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.

This technique will not interfere with your life in any way. Biofeedback therapy might work for those with severe withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, biofeedback can help expectant ladies who recover from addiction because it does not use any medications.

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

When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. Some of these mental disorders include 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. Biofeedback approach can work well with many healing methods, such as, for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Non conventional treatment methods such as holistic therapies also work well with this treatment.

You can get the combination of the therapies from the rehab facility that you visit. Call 0800 246 1509 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.