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.
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.
Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. 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.
In the course of biofeedback, special sensors are put on the person's skin. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.
Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction
This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.
Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking 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 of these body responses are
- Heart pumping rate
- Skin temperature
- Blood pressure
- Sweat production
- Muscle activity
Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.
Biofeedback machine registers physiological functions and then exhibits them to the addict. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. 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 the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.
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The Practices Involved In Biofeedback
- Meditation involves focusing on peaceful thoughts as a way of keeping away bad feelings.
- Progressive Relaxation Of Muscles
- 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
- A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.
Neurofeedback Therapy Treatment
The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. 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. The brain patterns can be returned back to the way they were before the addiction with the help of Neurofeedback.
Combined with other addiction therapies, neurofeedback teaches recovering patients techniques, which help resist cravings.
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Addiction Treatment And Biofeedback Therapy
There are special machines used in this technique and they must be handled by a professional medic. Biofeedback treatments may be continued at addict's homes in continuation of procedures in the centre thanks to specific cell phone applications.
Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. 10 sessions may be all that is needed for results to be seen if the addiction was mild. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.
One of the main advantages of biofeedback therapy is its non invasiveness. This method is usually a good substitute for recovering users who are not reacting well to the use of certain medicines during their treatment. There is no medication used with this treatment method and this makes biofeedback therapy a good option for pregnant recovering drug users.
A psychological edge over the addiction is provided by biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy to recovering addicts, which can prove immensely helpful.
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.
Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.
Assistance For Your Addiction Problem
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. 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.
Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.