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Biofeedback Approach

What Is Biofeedback


Consciously being able to control your breathing and heart beat is powerful in the hands of an addict on their way out of addiction.

Biofeedback Therapy works on helping the substance abuser consciously take charge of their mind and body functions.

Sounds, flashes of light and images can all be used to show the patient their bio-signs. 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.


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.


Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction

This therapy aids the addicted person to understand how they respond to mental stimulations. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.

Many of our body responses are involuntary. 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:

  • Breathing rhythm
  • Heartbeat pace
  • Temperature of the skin
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Muscle contractions

Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.

The patient can know all the information about their involuntary body responses after it has been displayed by the biofeedback machine. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the 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 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 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 Relaxation Of Muscles
  • 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
  • Here the patient deliberately focuses on calming, beautiful pictures and scenery that help calm the emotions and body.

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. The brain's activity is usually interfered with when the person are using drugs. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. 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.

We can help you locate a Biofeedback treatment facility.


Biofeedback And Other Treatments For Addiction

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.

The length of each session at the centre may vary from half an hour to one hour. The number of therapy sessions reduce if a person has not been using drugs for a long time. Individuals with severe addictions may require up to 50 sessions.

The therapy is not invasive. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.

When coupled with neurofeedback therapy, this method can provide a mental advantage to a person recovering from an addiction.

Understanding how the mind and body in an individual are affected by their addiction is extremely important. This information gives medical professionals the knowledge about how to modify these effects to help recovering addicts feel a sense of control over themselves during their recovery.

Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. Among those mental illnesses are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Assistance For Your Addiction Problem

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). Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.