Re-train the brain to overcome addiction with neurofeedback therapy.
When brainwaves don’t function as they should, multiple problems can arise, including addictive behaviors.
Neurofeedback therapy can help those struggling with substance abuse to overcome their addiction in a safe, natural, effective way. Here’s how we can help.
What Is Neurofeedback? How Does It Work?
Neurofeedback treatments can be likened to exercise for the brain. Just as a physical workout can transform a person’s body – neurofeedback can transform their brain. It does this by measuring brainwave activity.
Our brain creates and utilizes brainwaves in complex ways. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to disrupt those waves, which can throw things off and make it easier to develop or succumb to a proclivity for addiction.
What Are Brainwaves and Why Are They Important?
The neurons in our brains are in constant communication, which creates our thoughts, emotions, and ultimately, our behaviors.
The synchronized, electrical pulses from the communication between neurons create brainwaves.
The brainwaves will change based on what we’re feeling or doing. If we’re feeling tired or sluggish, our brainwaves will be slower/lower. If we’re feeling excited or wired, the neurons create brainwaves at a higher frequency.
Brainwaves are detected by placing sensors on the scalp. The sensors are connected to a machine that measures the frequency of each wave.
How Neurofeedback Treatment Works
When the body is under stress – whether from an anxiety-inducing situation or from substance abuse – the brain isn’t able to function properly. In these situations, it’s difficult to learn new skills or develop new, healthy habits. We also tend to be reactive to people and circumstances instead of proactive.
Neurofeedback can help retrain the brain, which can lead to more balanced brainwaves – not too hyped up and not too sluggish.
Neurofeedback therapy is a way to train the brain to be adaptive by facilitating stress reduction, making it easier for the brain to learn and integrate the new information it receives.
Neurofeedback treatment is a type of biofeedback therapy, complete with a reward system. While undergoing this type of treatment, we attach EEG sensors to monitor the patient’s brainwaves. A computer analyzes the brainwaves and sends feedback to the patient. The feedback can be received in various ways, including via playing games, watching videos, or listening to music.
The video, game, or music only functions normally if the patient’s brainwaves are functioning within normal limits. The reward is that there are no interruptions. However, if the brainwaves aren’t firing optimally, the brain receives negative feedback, like an interruption in the music or video.
Not only do our brains respond well to reward systems, but neurofeedback therapy trains the brain on how to identify when things are out of balance. It also encourages the brain to find a way to shift brainwave activity back to normal limits.
Because of consistent feedback, neurofeedback treatments can actually create structural changes in the brain. Then, the brain is more likely to operate within normal limits when outside of the neurofeedback therapy sessions.
Conditions That Can Be Treated with Neurofeedback Therapy
Neurofeedback treatment can be used to help people with:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Substance addiction
There are many reasons people can succumb to substance abuse but the matter of fact is that it is a brain disease. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also recognizes addiction as a disease of the brain and so it makes sense that neurofeedback would be a helpful tool during recovery.
By re-training the brain with neurofeedback therapy, our patients are able to find healthier ways to deal with their negative feelings. They become proactive instead of reactive. In turn, they feel less inclined to rely on dangerous, addictive substances to “fix” how they’re feeling.
Neurofeedback Therapy – An Effective Substance Abuse Treatment?
Overcoming addiction isn’t easy but neurofeedback treatments can make it a bit easier. It’s a safe, effective way to balance and strengthen the brain, allowing our patients the chance to reduce their stress and overcome their addiction naturally.
Are you ready to take control of your life? Excellent! We can help with safe, effective neurofeedback therapy. Contact us today to learn more about this life-changing treatment.