What Is Biofeedback
If a person suffering addiction learns to manage his reflective functions, for example, cardiac rate or breathing, he will feel stronger in his struggle.
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.
Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. 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.
The process starts with placing of sensors on the skin of the patient. 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. This will the show what is needed on the patient's treatment and the doctors can design that.
Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of them. If a person is tense, nervous or in a stressful situation, these automatic reactions may worsen his state. Biofeedback therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.
Some of these body responses are
- Breathing pace
- Heart pumping rate
- Body temperature
- Blood pressure
- Muscle contractions
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.
The patient can know all the information about their involuntary body responses after it has been displayed by the biofeedback machine. 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. The light pulsation or picture on the monitor will become slower in accordance with slower heartbeat rhythm.
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Biofeedback Therapy Practices
- 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.
- Guided Imagery
- This is an exercise that is designed to help the mind and body to relax by focusing on images and situations that are positive and relaxing.
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. A brain that is used to depending on drugs or alcohol over a prolonged period produces abnormal brain waves. The improper brain work can be connected with low spirits, nervousness and other negative emotions that could provoke back-set. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.
This techniques helps people not to go back to the use of the drugs when they start the recovery process.
If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.
Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy
Doctors who choose biofeedback approach normally use special appliances. Biofeedback treatments may be continued at addict's homes in continuation of procedures in the centre thanks to specific cell phone applications.
The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. Those not seriously addicted might need a reading of only 10 minutes. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.
This technique will not interfere with your life in any way. Biofeedback therapy is an effective alternative for people who experience unpleasant reactions to addiction treatment medications. Since no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.
One of the proven ways of getting rid of an addiction is through biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques.
Patient have better control over their healing process when they understand how addiction affects their physique and spirit, and what can be done to change the consequences.
Biofeedback therapy is also effective in dealing with mental health disorders that can co-occur with the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Among those mental illnesses are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural 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.