Neurofeedback Therapy is a safe and noninvasive form of neurotherapy brainwave imaging that has shown very positive results for treating addiction and mental health conditions.
Neurofeedback is a specialized treatment method that trains a person to gain control of their thought patterns by recognizing common triggers caused by substance use addiction.
During a typical session, a Neurofeedback technician applies electrodes to the scalp of the patient to analyze brainwave activity and observe the brain in action from moment to moment. A computer processes these signals while all of the information related to key brainwave frequencies is retrieved and then shown to the person who is being treated.
By watching the ebb and flow of brain activity, changing to more pleasant frequencies, and observing the feedback from these changes, the individual being treated becomes an active participant in their healing in real time as it occurs.
During this neurotherapy process, the brain is rewarded for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. Neurofeedback Therapy is a gradual learning process for the person undergoing treatment. Eventually, they learn to “shape” their own brainwave activity to a more desirable state and normalize neural activity.
Based on the region of the brain and the brainwave frequencies being analyzed, Neurofeedback is able to identify areas of concern and potential imbalances to address during treatment for each individual.
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What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback because it is based on electrical brain activity, and is measured by an electroencephalogram, or EEG.
In its simplest terms, Neurofeedback is biofeedback applied directly to the brain, with the goal of self-regulating or training the brain to be more efficient. Self-regulation is a necessary part of optimal brain functioning and performance. This type of self-regulation training therapy improves and optimizes central nervous system functioning.
Neurofeedback addresses numerous problems of brain dysregulation, which includes the anxiety-depression spectrum, attention deficits, behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, emotional disturbances, and of course, addiction.
In addition to treating substance use addiction for drugs and alcohol, Neurofeedback Therapy is also an effective method for managing symptoms related to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues.
After several sessions, most people learn to take control of an overactive mind and increase their focus and concentration. They are also better equipped to manage stress by remaining calm in tense situations and notice overall improvements in mood.
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We have had great success using Neurofeedback Therapy with our clients at Oro House, and they enjoy working with the technology. For those who have never used it before, it can sound a bit scary until they actually see how it works and begin their first session.
We put together this Neurofeedback Cheat Sheet that explains five types of brainwaves, and how Neurofeedback Therapy training measures and analyzes brain activity to identify areas that need improvement.
Neurofeedback is one of many evidence-based treatment modalities we use for lasting recovery. Find out about other treatment therapies for addiction used at Oro House.