It’s difficult to learn new things when under stress. Anyone dealing with issues of alcoholism, drug addiction or eating disorders is under intense stress, and this makes learning and implementing the tools of recovery much more difficult. At Awakenings Treatment Center, we want our clients to function to the best of their ability under all circumstances. For this reason, we offer all our clients the benefits of Neurofeedback, a proven method that dramatically reduces stress and increases the brain’s ability to learn and incorporate new information. Neurofeedback educates the brain to be more adaptive and effective. The benefits are scientifically proven safe, effective and of great value.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a proven brain re-training method that facilitates stress reduction while boosting the brain’s ability to learn and integrate new information. It does this by “educating” the brain to be more adaptive and flexible, benefiting more than alcohol or eating disorder treatment while also addressing all of the stressful areas of our lives.
Also known as EEG Biofeedback, Neurofeedback utilizes the human biological mechanisms of self-regulation and homeostasis. Neurofeedback helps change the “reactive” brain into a better-muscled “interactive” brain—a calmer, less reactive state that will serve the client through all stressful situations in life.
Initially, our warm and caring staff perform an evaluation by asking questions that enable us to create a specific treatment plan for you. In the second step, staff will place sensors on your ears and scalp (with possibly 2 to 3 placement variations), which gather electrical brain activities for approximately 30 minutes total. There is NO electricity entering the brain! The third step involves the client viewing beautiful fractal images on a computer graph, with the computer advising in 2-minute intervals how to improve your score. The Neurofeedback system also lets you know when you are in the state of “In the Zone!” so that can be repeated, brain reactivity is lessened and treatment can be better integrated.