What Is Biofeedback
One can stop their over dependency on drugs by learning to take charge of their feelings and normal body functions such as inhaling.
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 biofeedback data can be transferred to the patient as pictures, light flashes or repeating sounds. This data allows them to apply proper loosened exercise to see how physical body reacts to difficult conditions, for example, quitting and strong desire for drugs.
During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. The sensors are connected to special medical machines that produce information to the medical staff on the patient's body reactions.
Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction
This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.
Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. Biofeedback therapy helps pinpoint these subconscious reactions.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are
- Heartbeat pace
- Skin coldness level
- Blood pressure
- Sweat production
- Muscle contractions
Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. Withdrawal symptoms during detox like nervousness, hopelessness, unrelenting muscle pain and agitation can be treated using Biofeedback therapy.
The machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. The light pulsation or picture on the monitor will become slower in accordance with slower heartbeat rhythm.
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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy
- Mindfulness Meditation
- 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.
- Muscle Relaxation
- When the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
- Guided Affective Imagery
- A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.
Neurofeedback As A Therapy
EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. 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 is just a subset of biofeedback, which can help restore the brain waves back to a healthy condition as they were before the addiction.
When neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other remedial treatment, the addicted person is armed to succeed in remaining clean.
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Biofeedback Medicine And Addiction Treatment Areas
Medical professionals who use specialised equipment are the people who generally administer biofeedback therapy. At home, there are special applications for smartphones that can also be used to provide some biofeedback.
Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. An addict having not that severe form of addiction may require just 10 biofeedback treatments to show effective outcomes. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.
Biofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Since no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.
Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the 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.
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
There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one recovery technique that if used together with Biofeedback can yield positive results to the patient. The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.
Most drug rehab centres are offering full addiction healing programs, which normally include biofeedback methods and other therapies. Call 0800 772 3971 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.