Using Neurofeedback to Treat Addictions

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Addiction ruins relationships, causes job loss and accidents and takes lives. Years of study have shown us that addictions are anchored in the brain. The brain has learned to value the “rewards” of the addictive substance and the feelings it provides. While the urge for alcohol, drugs or tobacco may feel powerfully physical, we know that simply eliminating the substance – just quitting – does not eliminate the addiction.

Neurofeedback breaks the cycle and supports the “unlearning” of addictive messages.

A study of alcohol-addicted Vietnam veterans conducted by Eugene Peniston and confirmed by Siegfried Othmer, PhD, demonstrated that when neurofeedback was included in residential treatment, favorable outcomes (including reduced relapse) were tripled. The results were later tested with other drugs in other settings, with similar results: neurofeedback helps people fight addictions.

Neurofeedback addresses more than just the addiction. It helps individuals heal by regulating behavior that may contribute to addiction, such as anger, anxiety and depression. More than a “patch” or “band-aid” solution, neurofeedback can treat the whole person, leading to a richer and more fulfilling life – without addictive substances.

The earlier an individual seeks neurofeedback intervention, the better. Instead of waiting until relationships, jobs and health deteriorate, those who suspect they may have a drug or alcohol concern can begin benefiting from neurofeedback immediately.

Whatever the addiction, neurofeedback can be an important part of the solution.

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