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Biofeedback Approach

Defining Biofeedback


If a person suffering addiction learns to manage his reflective functions, for example, cardiac rate or breathing, he will feel stronger in his struggle.

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 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.


The process starts with placing of sensors on the skin of the patient. 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 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.

Various functions proceed in our body without our thinking of them. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. 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 pace
  • Heart pumping rate
  • Skin coldness level
  • Blood pressure
  • Sweat production
  • Contraction of muscles

Most of these body responses occur when a person is trying to stop the use of the drugs. Withdrawal symptoms during detox like nervousness, hopelessness, unrelenting muscle pain and agitation can be treated using Biofeedback therapy.

The patient can know all the information about their involuntary body responses after it has been displayed by the biofeedback machine. The displays of these machines record all the responses such as heart rate and blood pressure in charts and pulses. 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 Practices

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • An exercise which is focused on the release of negative emotions and thoughts through peaceful concentration.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • The patient learns how to release tension and relax tight muscles concentrating on a particular type of muscle at a time.
  • Guided Affective 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. A brain that is used to depending on drugs or alcohol over a prolonged period produces abnormal brain waves. The irregular activity within the brain is linked to anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, which are capable of triggering a relapse. Your brain can go back to its normal way of functioning when the neurofeedback technique is used which is part of biofeedback.


When combined with other addiction treatment therapies Neurofeedback can provide recovering addicts with the skills needed to cope and to avoid a relapse.

The biofeedback technique of recovery are in a number of rehabs and we can link you with one.


Overcoming Drug Use And Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback is a specialized treatment offered by medical personnel who have the special machines required. You can avoid visiting at a treatment facility, and carry out a Biofeedback session at home using the App on your smartphone. facility.

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.

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.

One of the proven ways of getting rid of an addiction is through biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques.

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.

Mental illnesses resulting from drug and alcohol addiction are treatable with Biofeedback therapy. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.


Get Treatment For Your Addiction Today

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. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one recovery technique that if used together with Biofeedback can yield positive results to the patient. Music and art are methods of overcoming addiction that can be used with biofeedback.

Biofeedback therapy is part of the treatment program in many rehabilitation facilities. Have a discussion with an addiction specialist to begin overcoming your addiction today, call 0800 246 1509.