Neurofeedback is a kind of therapy used for addiction treatment that can help retrain the brain to eliminate substance abuse. The definition of substance abuse is the overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance. Addiction can be long-term or short-term, and a number of factors like amount used, the drug used, and underlying medical or mental issues determine how an individual will react to treatment. At the Florida House Experience, we realize that all of this must be taken into account when creating a treatment plan. We offer a variety of different medical, clinical, and therapeutic approaches to ensure each client has a well-rounded and successful treatment plan.
Addiction of any kind trains the brain to react differently and be manipulated by the substance ingested. Neurofeedback helps to re-route the pathways so that the brain can learn how to react in a healthy, beneficial way without the aid of drugs or alcohol. Clients learn more about how their brain works and how to control impulses that may cause addictive behaviors to occur. Using Neurofeedback therapy helps prevent relapse and gives the client the best possible chance at success while in treatment.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is offered at The Florida House Experience as a part of our clinical approach to addiction treatment and overall well-being. Neurofeedback is actually a type of Biofeedback , which is a method of gaining information about a person by monitoring temperature, pulse, blood pressure, brain waves, and eye movement. The goal is to help the person gain control over body functions that are normally involuntary through steady work and conditioning.
Neurofeedback helps to provide information and insight into how a person’s brain works. Therapy begins with an assessment so that the technician and patient have an idea of where to start and what to focus on during the course of treatment. This is a way to expand on our already detailed and cutting-edge addiction treatment.
Neurofeedback is a great addition to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Based on biofeedback therapy, it has been proven to help with all different disorders of the brain. Many people who suffer from addiction also suffer from ailments like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and stress disorders. Neurofeedback can help pave the way to a life without addiction to drugs and alcohol.
During neurofeedback, our clients are hooked up to various machines that measure things like body temperature, heart rate, eye movement, and breathing. With a licensed therapist, the client will learn to control these body mechanics. It is a subtle way of re-training the brain to react in a calmer manner, and also to deal better with impulse control and other negative behavior patterns that are associated with addiction. This kind of therapy can be thought of as exercising for the brain, to keep it toned and maintained to achieve maximum positive function.
How Does Nuerofeedback Help?
In rehabs, like The Florida House Experience, there is a significantly lower relapse rate for clients who partake in neurofeedback as part of their addiction recovery. In a field where success is so vital and so elusive, the promise of a helpful treatment track is great news.
Clearly, the number one reason it is used in addiction treatment is that it can help substantially to ease the urge to get high or drunk. It helps the brain to recognize healthy behaviors and responses to outside stimuli instead of trying to drown them out with drugs or alcohol. In addition to addiction, neurofeedback has a number of benefits, including:
- Reducing Stress
- Easing Anxiety and Panic
- Helping Sleep Disorders
- Assisting with symptoms of ADHD
It can also help with neurological issues such as stroke, concussion, PTSD, Parkinson’s Disease, and other various movement disorders having to do with the brain. Neurofeedback assesses how the brain works and how it can improve. Causes of symptoms are looked for and unveiled, instead of simply treating the symptoms. Once they are determined, therapy is used to correct faulty habits and redirect brain patterns into working with better functionality.
Neurofeedback is completely safe and an effective way to contribute towards a healthy recovery. It can also help to treat and identify underlying mood disorders. Uncovering mood disorders is a big part of addiction treatment because things like anxiety and depression tend to create a vicious cycle of self-medication.
Another benefit of neurofeedback is that it can help with impulse control. Addicts are notorious for acting suddenly and only thinking about short-term benefits and immediate gratification. With neurofeedback, they can learn to control racing thoughts and create increased attention to the present moment.
A person who has undergone neurofeedback therapy may have the following results:
- A sense of calm and well-being
- Mental Clarity
- The ability to complete tasks with ease
- Increased motivation
- A more positive and realistic outlook
Our goal is to give each of our clients the most well-rounded and personal approach to treatment. Alternative therapies like this one are a wonderful addition that we are happy to offer at The Florida House Experience. Almost anyone can benefit from this kind of brain training to learn self-regulation and improve brain-wave performance including professional athletes and other occupations where peak-performance is a must.
Our dedicated staff of clinicians is specially trained to use neurofeedback with our clients and get the best results possible. Clinicians need specific and unique training on the various methods and equipment so that they can identify and treat underlying issues and not just the symptoms. All of our staff that works with this kind of therapy are certified in using Neurofeedback techniques. Our staff is trained to:
- Use brain maps to guide training and therapy as well as recognize what has improved and what still needs improvement.
- Know how often and how much therapy is needed for each particular client. Some may benefit from more, some less.
- Using this therapy in conjunction with other therapies for a well-rounded and complete approach to each of our client’s care.
History of Neurofeedback
This practice involves reading brain activity, also referred to as electroencephalography (EEG.) As far back as 1924, psychiatrists began to study EEGs with tools that would now be considered highly outdated. In the 1960s, neurofeedback was popularized when Joe Kamiya published an article about it in Psychology Today about brain wave experiments. It was during the 60s that the work of Kimaya and Dr. Barry Sterman that neurofeedback began being used as a treatment and studied for results. It hasn’t been until the last decade or so that Neurofeedback has grown to include the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. It is in this same time frame that medical views of the brain have changed drastically and the principles of neuroplasticity are more accepted.
Brain wave monitoring is now a common practice in scientific studies with the use of precision tools for complete accuracy and assessment.