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Biofeedback Approach

What Does Biofeedback Mean


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.

Biofeedback is some form of treatment offering those who recover from addiction a method to control their physiology and mind.

This information can also be transmitted back to the body of the patient. This data allows them to apply proper loosened exercise to see how physical body reacts to difficult conditions, for example, quitting and strong desire for drugs.


During sessions, electronic sensors are fixed on the user's body. 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 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.

Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of them. These unconscious body functions can add to the agony we are going through when we are experiencing intense pressure. Biofeedback therapy is utilised to understand how the body is reacting to physical and emotional attention unconsciously.


Biofeedback medicine allows to track such unconscious bodily activities as:

  • Breathing rate
  • Heart rate
  • Temperature of the skin
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Muscle activity

When a person uses drugs or alcohol, they can experience more physical stress and the rate of some involuntary responses may increase. Biofeedback is helpful in treating common symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include anxiety, depression, chronic muscle pain and restlessness.

The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. For example, a person may see his heartbeat rate in the form of flashing light or picture on a display of the computer. 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. As the pulse rate reduces, the light or image displayed will also pulse at slower rate.


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Biofeedback Treatment Practices

  • 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 Muscle Relaxation
  • 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 Imagery
  • One is required to create images in their mind that will keep them relaxed.

Neurofeedback Therapy And Eeq 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 working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. The improper brain work can be connected with low spirits, nervousness and other negative emotions that could provoke back-set. Neurofeedback Therapy which is an arm of Biofeedback can be applied to the treatment of such a brain and restore it to normal functions.


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.


Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. At home, there are special applications for smartphones that can also be used to provide some biofeedback.

It takes less than an hour for one remedy session. An addict having not that severe form of addiction may require just 10 biofeedback treatments to show effective outcomes. More serious addiction may need as many as 50 treatments.

Biofeedback medicine does not feature techniques involving puncturing the skin. This method is usually a good substitute for recovering users who are not reacting well to the use of certain medicines during their treatment. Biofeedback therapy is a treatment which is free from medications and therefore, is also helpful for women recovering from addictions during their pregnancy.

Both Bio and Neurofeedback therapies empower addicts to overcome the 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.

Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. The following three are just a few of mental problems: obsessive compulsive disorder (known as OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Locating Help To Get Past Addiction

There are different ways of getting over an addiction and one can choose to be admitted in a rehab or be treated from home. Great results are realized when Biofeedback therapy is used together with other therapies 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. Contact our addiction adviser on 0800 246 1509 and begin your recovery from now.