Certain functions throughout the body like breathing and heart beat are involuntary. Learning methods to control these mechanical functions can help people who are struggling with addictions to feel empowered on their path to recovery.
The purpose of biofeedback is to show recovering users that they can take back control of their bodies and minds.
Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. The patient then can take action on the related faculty to obtain a positive feedback which helps in controlling their reactions in times of stress or during an urge for drug or alcohol.
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.
Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation
Understanding involuntary body functions can be helpful and biofeedback therapy can help the recovering users to do this. 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. Biofeedback therapy helps pinpoint these subconscious reactions.
Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are:
Heart pumping rate
Skin coldness level
Blood pressure level
When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they can experience more physical stress and the rate of some involuntary responses may increase. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.
The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. 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.
This is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
This is an exercise in which recovering addicts focus on the release of tension in over tight muscles within the body concentrating on one muscle group at a time.
Guided Affective Imagery
This is an exercise which directs the thoughts of the recovering soothing, positive images and various scenarios to relax the mind and body.
Neurofeedback Therapy Treatment
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.
Neurofeedback therapy can help recovering users to develop techniques that they can use to stay clean when coupled with other treatment methods.
We can help you locate a Biofeedback treatment facility.
Biofeedback Medicine And Addiction Treatment Areas
There are special machines used in this technique and they must be handled by a professional medic. Biofeedback treatments may be continued at addict's homes in continuation of procedures in the centre thanks to specific cell phone applications.
Therapy sessions which are on-site generally require about 30 minutes to one hour. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. Individuals with severe addictions may require up to 50 sessions.
One of the main advantages of biofeedback therapy is its non invasiveness. Biofeedback therapy might work for those with severe withdrawal symptoms. There is no medication used with this treatment method and this makes biofeedback therapy a good option for pregnant recovering drug users.
When coupled with neurofeedback therapy, this method can provide a mental advantage to a person recovering from an 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.
When the alcohol or drug use goes hand in hand with other mental health problems, biofeedback therapy can be useful in treating both problems. 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
Biofeedback therapy is offered by inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs and can assist in recovering addicts to get a better understanding of their treatment needs. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.
Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Contact our addiction adviser on 0800 772 3971 and begin your recovery from now.