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.
Biofeedback Therapy works on helping the substance abuser consciously take charge of their mind and body functions.
Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. Because the body behaves in certain ways when under stress such as during withdrawal or when experiencing cravings, this information can help the patient to effectively use various methods to relax.
During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. 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
Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.
It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to them. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. All the body responses when you are nervous are studied using the biofeedback technique.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are
- Breathing levels
- Heartbeat pace
- Temperature of the skin
- Blood pressure
- Muscle contractions
When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they can experience more physical stress and the rate of some involuntary responses may increase. Biofeedback may help cope with such frequent sufferings from drug quitting as depression, restlessness, anxiety and incessant pain in muscles.
Biofeedback machine registers physiological functions and then exhibits them to the addict. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the computer screen. The patient will know that they need to find a way of relaxing in case they notice that the light is pulsing too rapidly. The pulsating light or image on the screen will slow down simultaneously as the heart rate does.
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Biofeedback Therapy Exercises And Methods
- Mindfulness Meditation
- This is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
- 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
- One is required to create images in their mind that will keep them relaxed.
Neurofeedback As A Therapy
The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. Normal brainwave patterns can become disrupted with the continued use of alcohol and drugs over a period of time. 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.
Combined with other addiction therapies, neurofeedback teaches recovering patients techniques, which help resist cravings.
If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.
Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods
Biofeedback is a specialized treatment offered by medical personnel who have the special machines required. 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. Those not seriously addicted might need a reading of only 10 minutes. Sometimes, it takes up to 50 sessions depending on the seriousness of the addiction.
Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Moreover, biofeedback can help expectant ladies who recover from addiction because it does not use any medications.
Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.
Getting a picture of how different body parts and functions are related and how they respond to addiction, knowing how to control those responses gives the addict the weapon needed to take control of their healing.
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).
Locating Help To Get Past Addiction
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). The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.
Most advanced treatment facilities will offer various treatments that may include biofeedback therapy. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.