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Biofeedback Therapy Uses for Addiction Treatment

June 16, 2021 , Agape Treatment Center

Biofeedback Therapy Uses for Addiction Treatment

What is Biofeedback Therapy for Treating Addiction?

Addiction is a highly complicated disease. While it is now primarily understood as a chronic and relapsing brain disease, many aspects of addiction are not completely and thoroughly clean. The Disease Model of Addiction is now widely accepted, as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-V). It is understood that several risk factors contribute to the development of addiction and that these risk factors vary on a person-to-person basis.

In addition, it is understood that substance abuse and dependence develop over time as the brain adjusts to the presence of chemical substances. Numerous tools help us further understand addiction and how it impacts the brain. One of these tools is brain mapping – a therapeutic tool that involves cutting-edge technology and behavioral therapy to help people recover from addiction long-term.

At Agape Treatment Center, we utilize brain mapping as a fundamental part of our comprehensive treatment program. We have repeatedly seen the benefits of this therapeutic method in action. To provide brain mapping services to our clients, we utilize Biofeedback Therapy – which has long since been recognized as an essential and highly beneficial addiction recovery tool. But what is Biofeedback Therapy, and how does it work?

Biofeedback Therapy Uses in Substance Abuse Treatment

Biofeedback Therapy essentially helps people control bodily functions that they would not otherwise have control over, things like heart rate and blood pressure. Because addiction is a disease of obsession and compulsion, at a certain point, the person who is suffering from addiction no longer has control over his or her impulses. They become entirely involuntary. Many of our bodily functions are simply reactions to the world around us, and we do not think of them before carrying them out. For example, if you reach down to pick something up off the floor, you do this involuntarily and do not think about it in depth before you do it. Your body is simply trying to react in that way, and so you carry out these actions without giving them so much as a second thought.

There is no question that biofeedback works, though researchers and scientists are not entirely sure how it works or why it works. People who undergo Biofeedback Therapy learn to control involuntary bodily functions over time, meaning that people who suffer from addiction know to gain control over obsessive drug-seeking thoughts and compulsive drug-seeking behaviors.

How Does Biofeedback Therapy Work in Treating Drug Abuse?

During Biofeedback Therapy for treating drug addiction and alcoholism, small electrodes are attached to the surface of a person’s skin. In some instances, finger sensors are also placed over the fingers to observe involuntary movements as they occur. The electrodes and finger sensors send messages directly to a monitor, which displays involuntary movements like the temperature of the skin, blood pressure, and heart rate. When the body is under stress, these intuitive functions are directly affected.

The main goal of biofeedback addiction treatment therapy is to help people notice when these functions are taking place and teach them how to control them through breathing, changing their thought patterns, and a range of other techniques. For example, a person who has been struggling with addiction will learn how his or her body responds to drug cravings and stressful situations and will eventually learn how to control his or her emotional responses to avoid long relapse.

Biofeedback Addiction Therapy at AGAPE

Biofeedback Therapy for treating substance use disorders helps people overcome addiction, and this is only one of the numerous effective techniques utilized by Agape Treatment Center. To learn more about the countless therapeutic methods we use or to learn more about brain mapping and biofeedback therapy, please feel free to contact us, we are available at all times and all the calls are confidential. In addition, our treatment advisors are standing by to answer any questions you might have about our comprehensive treatment program or our admissions process.