Brain Stimulation Therapy For Treating Drug and Alcohol Addiction
As a treatment center dedicated to offering our patients innovative, progressive treatment options, we cannot overlook the power of neurofeedback, a technique also referred to as brain training. Neurofeedback for addiction treatment involves exercises that retrain and rebalance the brain so that it performs optimally. This treatment modality can be very effective at treating addiction and alcoholism because it removes addictive brain wave patterns and replaces them with new, healthy ones.
The Science Behind Neurofeedback
Anything that involves working on the brain can be scary and unfamiliar at first, but neurofeedback is completely safe and medication free. Patients begin with an assessment of their current brain activity so that our specialists can compare results over time. All brain activity is measured with an EEG, which is connected to the individual with sensors that are placed on the scalp and ears. A computer analyzes the brain waves throughout the session. Some frequencies we wish to promote; others we wish to diminish.
Luckily, neurofeedback sessions are enjoyable. Patients play various games and puzzles that shape the brain waves toward more desirable functioning. We target certain frequencies that are related to the issues we are attempting to address such as those responsible for addictive tendencies, impulsive behavior, anxiety, depression and so forth. Like the other forms of treatment we offer, neurofeedback is entirely based on the individual and their needs.
Problems Neurofeedback Can Help With
What we appreciate most about brain training is its ability to correct many harmful patterns of thinking. Not only does neurofeedback for addiction and alcoholism work, but also it can help patients with other common problems such as:
- Personality and mood disorders
- Sleep problems
- Memory problems
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Learning disorders
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Brain injuries
The BAUD: A Form of Neurofeedback
The BAUD uses the same technology as neurofeedback and is offered here at The River Source. It stimulates the brain’s natural healing ability to balance neural activity and is effective at treating a variety of conditions such as emotional issues, impulse control and physical symptoms.
The BAUD uses certain tones that shift brain wave patterns to create a mental state that facilitates the release of stress and anxiety. The tones are made using a handheld device – the BAUD – which has frequency dials that can be adjusted. By listening to these sonic waves, the brain rewires itself and changes thinking and behavior patterns. Recovering addicts and alcoholics who use the BAUD agree that it helps them release the stress that drives drug and alcohol abuse.
How Neurofeedback For Addiction Treatment Can Help
Addiction and Alcoholism are diseases of the mind. We can eliminate the substance from the body and teach recovering addicts and alcoholics a host of tools and skills that can be used, but if they can’t change their thinking patterns, the risk of relapse remains. Neurofeedback is a medication-free tool that we have available that actually retrains and reshapes the brain so that it is less inclined to impulsive behavior.
The most important factor to take away from brain training is that the brain is not hardwired to be a certain way. If a person is born to be anxious, they can improve this way of thinking. If a person develops an addiction and adopts unhealthy patterns, they can recover.
The brain is flexible, adaptable and open to change. Brain training helps people function better so that they don’t need drugs or alcohol to calm their nerves, focus their attention or feed their impulses. Neurofeedback is especially effective when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as counseling, meditation and lifestyle changes.
Neurofeedback at The River Source
Neurofeedback for addiction treatment is offered at The River Source as part of our inpatient treatment program. Additional sessions can be added for an extra charge. Neurofeedback works quickly, with the majority of patients seeing results after just two sessions. To learn more about neurofeedback or the BAUD specifically, contact The River Source.
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