Neurofeedback can help with drug addiction

Biofeedback & neurofeedback for substance abuse

In the course of their lives, around 5% women and 21% men consume alcohol in excessive and harmful levels (dependency) in order to suppress personal problems and the negative feelings associated with them.

However, there is a much larger number of people who are not dependent, but who consume alcohol, medication and drugs regularly and thus risk addiction and addiction.

It is often a gradual process that is initially perceived as a helpful strategy for overcoming personal problems. Alternative strategies of action are not accessible to the person concerned, from the aspect that is initially relieved, over a longer period of time a dependency and addictive disease emerges through the abuse of the dangerous substances.
After withdrawal has been carried out in a clinic, follow-up care and relapse prevention can be accompanied on an outpatient basis with neurofeedback and peripheral biofeedback. Both methods in combination have shown in practice that further weaning is well supported and relapse can be prevented. Stress, inner restlessness and nervousness can also be reduced.

Therapy with biofeedback and neurofeedback

In therapy, alpha-theta training in particular has proven itself in addiction diseases. This training, also known as the Peniston Protocol, helps the client to control the brain activity in such a way that any craving for the addictive substance can be controlled and reduced. Through the training, the client learns that he is no longer exposed to helplessness in the face of addiction through the self-control he has learned.

At the beginning of the therapy with neurofeedback, a 'map of the brain waves' (BrainMap / QuickQ) is created as part of the diagnostics in order to be able to design the training individually. In addition, a diagnosis of the autonomic regulation ability on the basis of the heart rate variability (HRV analysis) can be carried out in order to get a holistic picture of the regulation ability of the nervous systems.

Possible imbalances in the autonomic nervous system are treated with peripheral biofeedback training. Here, too, the client learns to control the ability to regulate at will, e.g. B. to be able to deal with stress better and to be more relaxed. In addition, relaxation methods, such as. B. autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation according to Jacobsen, effectively learned through biofeedback and applied independently by the client.

In many cases, neurofeedback and peripheral biofeedback training are used in combination in order to achieve the most sustainable effect possible. It also makes sense to use biofeedback devices for home use in order to improve the effectiveness. The frequency of the outpatient sessions can thus be kept at a level suitable for everyday use.
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