A quality rehab center should always stay at the forefront of the latest evidence-based techniques to treat substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. At JourneyPure, our facilities welcome new techniques that are proven to help those struggling with substance abuse. One of the most exciting developments in recent years is neurofeedback therapy.
What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback (also called biofeedback) is an addiction treatment where patients learn to change their brainwave patterns. By changing brainwaves, patients can reduce stress and in turn strengthen the brain and nervous system. Neurofeedback therapy is proven to help patients suffering from PTSD, epilepsy and other disorders of the brain. Research continues to show that neurofeedback is beneficial in treating substance abuse and dependence.
How does Neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback treats addiction by re-training a person’s brain. When the brain is calm, focused and relaxed, the individual can think clearly and rationally. Since stressful incidents are one of the biggest causes of relapse, effective addiction treatment must teach patients how to deal with stress. Neurofeedback training builds a solid foundation for recovery because it gives patients the tools to cope with stressful events over the long term.
The procedure itself involves connecting electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to the head to measure brainwaves. The sensors report the brainwaves into a computer that displays the brain activity in real time. By seeing and/or listening to brainwaves in real time, patients are able to alter their thought patterns until the frequencies reach the desired levels. Weekly sessions are necessary for long-term results.
- Neurofeedback is a respectful, non-invasive therapy with no side effects.
- 85 percent of patients who train with neurofeedback therapy are able to improve focus, regular behavior and reduce impulsivity.
- Neurofeedback teaches the brain to operate calmly and rationally, even in stressful situations. This reduces the chance of relapse.
- By learning to manage emotions and mood through neurofeedback therapy, patients are able to regain control of their lives and achieve success.
Neurofeedback Therapy Helps Addicts Recover
JourneyPure is at the forefront of addiction treatment. Our licensed therapists and counselors utilize neurofeedback to help patients set themselves up for success. For anyone suffering from a disorder of the brain, neurofeedback is a promising therapy. It’s especially helpful for those with a dual diagnosis.