Neurofeedback and Addiction Treatment

How Neurofeedback Aids in Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Treatment

Neurofeedback treatment supports addiction treatment and is an effective therapy used to treat substance use disorders, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and eating disorders. This non-invasive, drug-free treatment locates structural damage in the brain and attempts to repair this damage.

Awakenings Treatment Center is an outpatient drug rehab in Agoura Hills, California, offering neurofeedback therapy. We recommend it for clients because it’s safe, effective, and supported by scientific data.

Let’s learn more about neurofeedback and how it supports a healthy recovery.

What is Neurofeedback? How Does it Work?

Neurofeedback is a subdivision of biofeedback, a type of brain training that helps improve the brain’s functions. During a neurofeedback session, electrodes are applied to the scalp so that we can listen to brainwave activity. We do this for about a half-hour. We show the frequencies to the client, so they can see their brainwave patterns. Some frequencies we want to encourage. Others, we want to discourage.

Based on the individual, we create a treatment plan that targets specific frequencies and locations in the brain. For example, a client suffering from anxiety and substance abuse may show extreme reactivity when faced with stressful situations. Using interactive video games, we attempt to change the response to stress. With repeated training sessions, the brain learns to be calmer and less reactive.

What are the Benefits of Neurofeedback Treatment?

As science continues to uncover more about the brain and its ability to readapt, our treatment center in Agoura Hills believes that neurofeedback therapy is a powerful tool. Here are some benefits of this treatment.

  • Non-invasive. Neurofeedback is completely safe. NO electricity enters the brain.
  • Non-medication based. Many therapies require medications, but neurofeedback is completely free from drugs and supplements.
  • Studies show favorable results in terms of regulating behavior, reducing impulsivity, improving focus, and lowering the risk of relapse.
  • Neurofeedback doesn’t just treat one thing. It can help clients with addiction, eating disorders, and stress.

How Does Neurofeedback Support Addiction Recovery?

When a person starts using drugs, it’s usually by choice. Over time, individuals lose the ability to make their own decisions. The drugs change the brain and motivate the person to continue getting high. Neurofeedback treatment targets areas in the brain to promote change and reduce impulsivity. EEG biofeedback is not a standalone treatment for addiction. It works best with other therapies, such as 12-step groups and counseling.

Awakenings Treatment Center offers cutting-edge therapies that have been backed by science. We help people recover from addiction while learning essential life skills. For a free assessment, contact us today at 855-717-3268.