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Biofeedback Therapy Overview

Defining Biofeedback


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.


During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.


How Biofeedback Therapy Helps Treat Addiction Treatment

Helping recovering addicts to understand the involuntary functions of their body is the primary function of biofeedback therapy. The resulting feedback helps the professional personnel work out an individualized treatment plan.

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:

  • Breathing rate
  • Pulse rate
  • Temperature of the skin
  • Blood pressure level
  • Sweating
  • Contraction of muscles

Symptoms of quitting drugs or alcohol quite often cause physical tension and stronger unconscious responses. 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. For example, the heart rate of an individual could have the looks of a pulsating light or an image on a computer screen. When the light is blinking rapidly, the patient understands that he should do something relaxing in order to reduce the heartbeat rate. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.


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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy

  • 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 Muscle Relaxation
  • A technique that helps a recovering patient concentrate on relaxing tense muscles, but only one separate portion on muscles at a time.
  • Guided Imagery
  • A technique releasing tension from the body and brain - guiding mind to good, peaceful pictures and events.

Neurofeedback As A Therapy

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 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.

If you need to find a rehab that provides biofeedback therapy, get in touch with us today.


Addiction Treatment And Biofeedback Therapy

Medical professionals who use specialised equipment are the people who generally administer biofeedback therapy. 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. 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. It is one of the best options if you are having trouble using the medicines to get over your addiction. Since there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.

Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the addiction.

A recovering user will be able to feel like they are more in control of their body when they understand how the use of drugs affects their minds and bodies and what they can do to counter these effects.

Biofeedback therapy is also effective in dealing with mental health disorders that can co-occur with the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, OCD and Post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the mental problems that can be helped using this method.


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Off-site and on-site recovery schemes containing biofeedback medicine may be helpful for the addicts in determining their treatment requirements. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The treatment will also pair well with alternative techniques of recovery like art and music therapy.

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.