When trying to stay clean, it can help to be able to control body functions that we consider involuntary such as how fast we breathe or our pulse rate.
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 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.
The sensitivity nerves on the skin of a patient are studied during biofeedback. Those sensors are connected with medical appliance, which provides medical staff with "feedback" info in response to the "bio" signals of the patient.
Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment
Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. After receiving the information medical professionals utilise the same to create a treatment plan which is tailored to the specific needs of the recovering addict.
Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of them. One can go into a feeling of despair when they are nervous and their body responds differently. Biofeedback therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.
Some of the body functions that can be monitored are:
Skin coldness level
Withdrawal symptoms related to drugs or alcohol can often lead to physical stress and heightened involuntary responses. 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. The patient's heart rate may be represented by a pulsing light that is displayed on the monitor of the machine for instance. 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 is where people try to relax their minds and think only about the positive things in their life.
Progressive Relaxation Of Muscles
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 Overview
The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. The improper brain work can be connected with low spirits, nervousness and other negative emotions that could provoke back-set. Neurofeedback, one of biofeedback methods, can facilitate restoring brain activity to proper level, that was before drugs use.
Neurofeedback therapy can help recovering users to develop techniques that they can use to stay clean when coupled with other treatment methods.
The biofeedback technique of recovery are in a number of rehabs and we can link you with one.
Addiction Treatment And Biofeedback Therapy
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.
On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. 10 sessions may be all that is needed for results to be seen if the addiction was mild. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.
The therapy is not invasive. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. There is no medication used with this treatment method and this makes biofeedback therapy a good option for pregnant recovering drug users.
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. Some of these mental disorders include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].
Get Treatment For Your Addiction Today
There exist rehabilitation facilities that offer inpatient or outpatient treatment that apply Biofeedback Therapy in monitoring the effects of treatment. Biofeedback therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. This approach as well integrates well with other non-conventional healing methods, such as music and art psychotherapy.
You can get the combination of the therapies from the rehab facility that you visit. Call 0800 772 3971 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.