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Biofeedback Approach

What Does Biofeedback Mean


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.

Depending on the machine, the feedback may take the form of pulsing or beeping sounds, images or light flashes. 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. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.


Overcoming Addiction And Biofeedback Rehabilitation

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.

Many body functions carry on without us being conscious of them. These involuntary functions can leave us with more distress, especially when we are nervous, tense or under severe emotional stress. The body's reaction to stressful physical and emotional situations can be monitored using biofeedback therapy.


Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are:

  • Breathing rate
  • Heart rate
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure level
  • Perspiration
  • Contraction of muscles

These subconscious functions are usually elevated when one has taken alcohol or drugs. They can be effectively reduced using the biofeedback technique.

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 wave is moving fast, then the patient understands they have to control their agitation using the techniques they learned to slow the heartbeat. The rate of blood pumping by the heart will determine the speed of the pulse on this machine.


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Exercises Used In Biofeedback Therapy

  • 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
  • When the muscles are tightened, they need to be relaxed so that the patient can recover quickly.
  • Guided Imagery
  • This is an exercise that is designed to help the mind and body to relax by focusing on images and situations that are positive and relaxing.

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. When drugs or alcohol beverages are taken during a long period, the natural brain activity can be negatively affected. When the patient is undergoing stress or experiencing unhappy and unsettling issues, the brain might send out these irregular signals. Your brain can go back to its normal way of functioning when the neurofeedback technique is used which is part of biofeedback.


This techniques helps people not to go back to the use of the drugs when they start the recovery process.

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


Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods

There are special machines used in this technique and they must be handled by a professional medic. Biofeedback smartphone apps which are specialised can be used within the home in order to supplement supervised therapy sessions.

It takes less than an hour for one remedy session. 10 sessions may be all that is needed for results to be seen if the addiction was mild. An increase in the therapy sessions will definitely increase when you have used the drugs for long.

One of the main advantages of biofeedback therapy is its non invasiveness. 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 there is no medication involved during Biofeedback therapy, it is a safe method to use with pregnant women.

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

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.

Biofeedback treatment may be very helpful for patients with intellectual problems caused by use of drugs and alcohol. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be effectively treated using biofeedback.


Assistance For Your Addiction Problem

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. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one recovery technique that if used together with Biofeedback can yield positive results to the patient. Non conventional treatment methods such as holistic therapies also work well with this treatment.

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.