If a person suffering addiction learns to manage his reflective functions, for example, cardiac rate or breathing, he will feel stronger in his struggle.
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 information relayed can help the patient to use relaxation exercises in order to gain control over how their body responds during stressful situations, which can cause withdrawals and cravings.
Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient during biofeedback. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.
Treating Addiction Using Biofeedback Therapy
Biofeedback methods may help those addicts who try to recover get a better understanding of their spontaneous processes. 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.
Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. Biofeedback therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.
Biofeedback therapy can track involuntary functions such as
- Breathing rate
- Heartbeat pace
- Bodily temperature
- Blood pressure
- Profuse perspiration
- Muscle activity
Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.
The patient can read for themselves the results produced by the Biofeedback machines. For example, a person may see his heartbeat rate in the form of flashing light or picture on a display of the computer. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. As soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.
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Biofeedback Therapy Exercises And Methods
- This involves the patient letting go of depressing thoughts and feelings and allowing themselves to think pleasant and good thoughts that produce a nice feeling.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- The patient learns how to release tension and relax tight muscles concentrating on a particular type of muscle at a time.
- Guided Imagery
- A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.
Neurofeedback Therapy Overview
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. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.
This techniques helps people not to go back to the use of the drugs when they start the recovery process.
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Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods
Doctors who choose biofeedback approach normally use special appliances. At home, there are special applications for smartphones that can also be used to provide some biofeedback.
It takes less than an hour for one remedy session. 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.
Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.
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.
Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.
Get The Help Required To Get Over Drug Dependency
There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. When used to complement other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback therapy can be quite effective. 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. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.