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Biofeedback therapy is a treatment technique in which the patients are taught to control bodily processes, which usually are involuntary, such as breathing, heart rate, muscle tension, and blood pressure.
It is a non-drug therapeutic process used during as an element of an addiction treatment program. Learning to control apparently uncontrollable reactions may serve as an excellent motivation for the addicts to overcome their addiction. It empowers them by helping them gain control over their body and mind. Please contact Addiction Rehab Centers today at 844.910.0686 to learn more about our biofeedback therapy program.
Many people wonder, what is biofeedback therapy? Simply put, biofeedback therapy can promote relaxation and calmness, which helps relieve several conditions, including addiction.
During a therapy session, one of our team members will attach electrodes/sensors to the patient’s skin. These sensors send signals to a monitor, which displays heart rate, breathing rate, body temperature, muscle activity, or blood pressure of the patient in the form of a flash of light, an image, or a sound. When the patient is under stress, these parameters change. Their heart rate increases, their blood pressure goes up, and they start sweating. The patient can see these stress situation responses on the screen and attempts to control them. The patient also sees the figures going back to normal, which gives him a sense of accomplishment.
As the medical professionals see the patient’s response under stressful conditions, triggered by certain factors, they can develop a treatment program that suits their needs. Biofeedback therapy also helps the person relax and handle their situation in a better way.
Involuntary actions are those which are not under our conscious control. Under stressful conditions, certain bodily functions are enhanced, further worsening these conditions. Biofeedback therapy enables the person to handle the situation better by controlling the way their body responds to them.
After alcohol or drug withdrawal, several unpleasant physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can often lead to heightened involuntary responses of the body, which results in the development of psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. Biofeedback therapy can help to relieve a number of these symptoms, including restlessness and muscle aches.
The monitor shows the involuntary responses to the addict. For instance, if the light is flashing fast, the individual knows his heartbeat is faster than usual. He then uses techniques to bring it back to normal.
There are several exercises that are helpful during biofeedback training:
To learn more about the treatment options available, please contact our team today.
EEQ, also known as neurofeedback therapy, is a subcategory of biofeedback therapy that focuses on improving brain health.
Prolonged use of drugs rewires the structure of the brain in such a way that it is not able to function normally. The typical brain wave pattern is disrupted, and the individual is subjected to a variety of mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, and paranoia. These conditions increase the risk of a relapse a great deal. To treat the addiction, treating these disorders is essential.
The use of neurofeedback therapy helps to restore brainwaves to healthy levels as they were before addiction. In this way, it can be effective to avoid a relapse successfully.
Addiction Rehab Centers offers on-site therapy sessions supervised by trained medical staff. Each therapy session lasts for about 30 minutes to one hour. The number of sessions may vary depending upon the condition of the patient. For some less severe cases, ten therapy sessions are enough. However, severe addictions may require up to 50 sessions.
Biofeedback therapy is a great alternative for patients who are intolerant to medications. The procedure is completely safe and free from any side effects. It is also a great option for pregnant women who cannot opt for medication-assisted treatment.
Biofeedback therapy, combined with neurofeedback, improves the psychological health of the patients and equips them with effective coping mechanisms. It also helps to treat mental disorders co-occurring with drug addiction such as:
It empowers them and motivates them to be in charge of their own recovery.
Both inpatient treatment programs and outpatient treatment programs offer biofeedback therapy to ensure that every patient gets the attention he needs. Biofeedback therapy works well with other forms of therapy and treatment techniques.
At Addiction Rehab Centers, we’re committed to helping people across the state of Indiana heal from addiction. Biofeedback therapy is one of the most useful tools that we use in the healing process. To learn more about the treatment options available, contact Addiction Rehab Centers today at 844.910.0686.