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.
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. They can then adjust their bodies to respond to these impulses in help themselves overcome the desires for using the drugs.
The process starts with placing of sensors on the skin of the patient. The patent will then be able to see their bio signs on a device that is connected to the sensors attached to them.
Biofeedback Therapy And Addiction Treatment
Understanding involuntary body functions can be helpful and biofeedback therapy can help the recovering users to do this. With the help of this data, professionals then design medication programs to meet specific requirements.
It is well-known that many of the functions of our body occur without us paying any attention to 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.
Some unconscious functions tracked by Biofeedback therapy are:
Heart pumping rate
Skin coldness level
Blood pressure level
Symptoms of quitting drugs or alcohol quite often cause physical tension and stronger unconscious responses. Biofeedback may help cope with such frequent sufferings from drug quitting as depression, restlessness, anxiety and incessant pain in muscles.
The body functions are monitored using machines and this information is fed back to the patient. An example, the heartbeat might look like a wave on the 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 soon as the patient calms down, the wave on the screen will move less fast in response.
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.
Creating Images In The Mind
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 Therapy Overview
The brain's processes can be relaxed by using the neurofeedback technique. The working pattern of a normal brain may be interfered with by heavy use of drugs or alcohol. There are some bodily responses that cause the brain's activity to be interfered with. 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.
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.
Biofeedback And Other Dependency Treatment Methods
A health expert with special tools is usually the one to administer the biofeedback therapy. The patients can also monitor their progress using the biofeedback app compatible with a number of smartphones.
Therapy sessions last between 30 minutes to an hour. Individuals with a mild addiction problem may only need about 10 biofeedback sessions to witness the results. An increase in the therapy sessions will definitely increase when you have used the drugs for long.
This technique will not interfere with your life in any way. Some people suffer from addiction pharmaceuticals, so biofeedback treatment is preferable for them. 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. Among those mental illnesses are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Get Treatment For Your Addiction Today
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. Biofeedback therapy combines well with treatment options of other types like cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT]. Other treatment techniques like music and art applied together with Biofeedback therapy give excellent results.
You can get the combination of the therapies from the rehab facility that you visit. Call 0800 772 3971 to gain freedom from your addiction by talking to a therapist today.