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Biofeedback Therapy And Treatment

What Is 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.

Biofeedback is some form of treatment offering those who recover from addiction a method to control their physiology and mind.

The information received could be relayed back to the patient in the form of sounds, images or flashes of light. They can then adjust their bodies to respond to these impulses in help themselves overcome the desires for using the drugs.


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 Methods In Treatment Of Addiction

Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. This information can also tell physicians the needs of the patient and they can use this information when coming up with a treatment plan.

Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of 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 unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are:

  • Breathing rate
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Temperature of the skin
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweat production
  • Muscle contractions

These subconscious functions are usually elevated when one has taken alcohol or drugs. Biofeedback may help cope with such frequent sufferings from drug quitting as depression, restlessness, anxiety and incessant pain in muscles.

The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a computer screen. If the wave is moving fast, then the patient understands they have to control their agitation using the techniques they learned to slow the heartbeat. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.


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The Practices Involved In Biofeedback

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • A practice of tranquil focusing attention aimed at becoming free from stressful emotions and ideas.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • When a person is tense, their muscles may also tense up and this exercise teaches them how to relax the muscles from one part of the body to the next.
  • Creating Images In The Mind
  • A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.

Neurofeedback As A Therapy

A person's brain can sometimes get over excited and this therapy with is also known as EEQ is supposed to help calm down this activity. The brain's activity is usually interfered with when the person are using drugs. There are some bodily responses that cause the brain's activity to be interfered with. 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.

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


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. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. 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. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. 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.

The drug effects on the brain can be cured using these techniques. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, OCD and Post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the mental problems that can be helped using this method.


Get The Help Required To Get Over Drug Dependency

There exist rehabilitation facilities that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment that apply Biofeedback Therapy in monitoring the effects of treatment. Biofeedback approach can work well with many healing methods, such as, for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.

You can get the combination of the therapies from the rehab facility that you visit. Contact our addiction adviser on 0800 246 1509 and begin your recovery from now.