Biofeedback Addiction Treatment

For years, scientists and medical researchers have been using biofeedback as a means of measuring brain activity and mental functioning.    In recent years, the most the most exciting advances in the field have come in our ability to better map the brain and identify “problem areas” with pinpoint accuracy.  Now, drug addiction treatment facilities are using biofeedback as a means of helping the patients succeed in the rehab process.


How does Biofeedback Help the Recovering Addict?

 Addiction professionals agree that addiction starts in the brain.  Cognitive therapy and counseling for addiction are both based on this belief.  Biofeedback takes the theory a step further.  When an individual uses drugs or alcohol habitually, it impacts their brain’s functioning.    Suddenly, the brain is sending out all kinds of negative messages to the body.  Drugs and alcohol hamper the individual’s ability to:

  • Function as a normal member of society
  • Stop taking drugs, even though it is damaging the individual’s health and personal relationships.
  • Perform basic cognitive functioning
  • Maintain proper memory functioning

If these problems go unchecked, then they can form the basis for an alcohol or drug addiction.  Drug addiction treatment programs that work with biofeedback can unlock the mysteries behind addiction, and provide a key to achieving and maintaining sobriety through the clues delivered by the brain itself.


What Types of Addictions can be Treated with Biofeedback?


A number of common addictions have been treated using biofeedback techniques, including:

  • Heroin addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Crystal meth addiction
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Sex addiction

In all these cases, the methodology is similar:  attach monitoring devices to the individuals, watch for changes from normal brainwave patterns and then target those areas for treatment. In Addition the biofeedback can aid in helping the client relax and handle stress better.


Is Biofeedback Addiction Treatment Painful?


There is little or no discomfort experienced by the individual who undergoes biofeedback procedures.  A series of small unobtrusive devices are placed on the individual’s head while the brain mapping takes place.  There are invasive procedures involved in biofeedback.


Combining Biofeedback with other Addiction Treatment Methods


Drug addiction treatment programs that have enjoyed the greatest success with biofeedback have done so when the process was used in conjunction with other rehab methods.  For example, an individual may engage in both biofeedback/neurofeedback treatment AND drug addiction psychotherapy to focus on the environmental elements that may have played a role in the development of their addiction.  Holistic drug rehab such as yoga, acupuncture or meditation may also be used as a means of enriching the mind, body and spirit of the individual.  These methods can only serve to strengthen the effectiveness of biofeedback during addiction treatment.


Dr. Stephen I. Sideroff is one of the country’s leading experts on biofeedback addiction treatment, and has helped countless individuals break the cycle of addiction using this cutting edge methodology.  Known throughout the world for his work with neurofeedback and biofeedback in the worlds of addiction and sports training, Dr. Sideroff has helped many people overcome addiction by treating the problem at its core.  For more information about working with Dr. Sideroff, contact Moonview Sanctuary in Santa Monica, California.  The Addiction Treatment program at Moonview provides a combination of biofeedback procedures and holistic care to help the individual break the cycle of addiction.

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