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Biofeedback As Therapy

What Is Biofeedback


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.

Taking charge of your body and its operation is one way through which a person can get over the use of drugs and this is the whole concept of Biofeedback.

This information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. 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.


Electronic sensors are placed over the skin of the patient during biofeedback. The biological responses in the body of a person are then transmitted through the electronic sensors that are attached to the skin which give results in a medical device.


Biofeedback Methods In Treatment Of Addiction

This technique can help people control their responses to body functions. This information can also tell physicians the needs of the patient and they can use this information when coming up with a treatment plan.

Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. These unconscious body functions can add to the agony we are going through when we are experiencing intense pressure. Biofeedback medicine allows observing the body's involuntary reactions to emotional and physical stress.


Biofeedback therapy can track involuntary functions such as:

  • Breathing rhythm
  • Heartbeat rhythm
  • Skin temperature
  • Blood pressure level
  • Perspiration
  • Muscle activity

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 machines of biofeedback can record functions within the body to display them back to the recovering addict. The patient's heart rate may be represented by a pulsing light that is displayed on the monitor of the machine for instance. If the pulsating light is fast the recovering addict is given the information that they need to use stress relieving techniques in order to lower their heart rate. The light pulsation or picture on the monitor will become slower in accordance with slower heartbeat rhythm.


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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
  • Here the patient deliberately focuses on calming, beautiful pictures and scenery that help calm the emotions and body.

Methods Of Neurofeedback Therapy

EEQ Therapy which is also known as Neurofeedback is a subset of biofeedback therapy. This attempts to calm down over excited brain activity. Normal brainwave patterns can become disrupted with the continued use of alcohol and drugs over a period of time. Relapses can easily be triggered by emotional problems such as anxiousness and depression and these can all be caused by irregular brain patterns. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.


When neurofeedback is used in conjunction with other remedial treatment, the addicted person is armed to succeed in remaining clean.

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Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback is a specialized treatment offered by medical personnel who have the special machines required. The patients can also monitor their progress using the biofeedback app compatible with a number of smartphones.

On-the-scene procedures are usually from 30 to 60 minutes long. Those not seriously addicted might need a reading of only 10 minutes. The stronger the addiction, the longer the sessions will take some taking as many as 50 sessions.

This technique will not interfere with your life in any way. This method is usually a good substitute for recovering users who are not reacting well to the use of certain medicines during their treatment. Since no medicines are used, women that are addicted and expectant can use it in their recovery process.

Biofeedback as well as neurofeedback treatment provide patients with psychological benefit for their struggle against 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.

The drug effects on the brain can be cured using these techniques. Among those mental illnesses are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


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If you are a recovering user, you can understand better what you need in terms of treatment when you're in a treatment program that provides biofeedback therapy. When used to complement other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback therapy can be quite effective. Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.

A number of treatment centres can offer comprehensive addiction treatment plans, which include various treatments along with biofeedback therapies. To get started on the road to recovery, get in touch with us on 0800 246 1509.