One can stop their over dependency on drugs by learning to take charge of their feelings and normal body functions such as inhaling.
The purpose of biofeedback is to show recovering users that they can take back control of their bodies and minds.
This biofeedback data can be transferred to the patient as pictures, light flashes or repeating sounds. 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. 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
Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. This will the show what is needed on the patient's treatment and the doctors can design that.
There are many functions in our body that occur involuntarily. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.
Some of these body responses are:
Skin coldness level
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.
The machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. For example, a person may see his heartbeat rate in the form of flashing light or picture on a display of the computer. 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 light pulsation or picture on the monitor will become slower in accordance with slower heartbeat rhythm.
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.
Here the patient deliberately focuses on calming, beautiful pictures and scenery that help calm the emotions and body.
Neurofeedback Therapy And Eeq Therapy
EEQ or neurofeedback works like biofeedback but concentrates on calming and treating the overactive brain. A brain that is used to depending on drugs or alcohol over a prolonged period produces abnormal brain waves. Relapses can easily be triggered by emotional problems such as anxiousness and depression and these can all be caused by irregular brain patterns. 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.
We can help you locate a Biofeedback treatment facility.
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 last between 30 minutes to an hour. Those not seriously addicted might need a reading of only 10 minutes. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.
The therapy is not invasive. Biofeedback therapy is an effective alternative for people who experience unpleasant reactions to addiction treatment medications. Since there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.
A psychological edge over the addiction is provided by biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy to recovering addicts, which can prove immensely helpful.
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.
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
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). This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.
A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971.