Neurofeedback Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Neurotherapy is a type of evidence-based biofeedback therapy that gathers data gleaned from brain activity measurements (EEG). Therapists leverage this data to devise a treatment plan for neurological issues like addiction, anxiety, and PTSD, among other conditions.

Addiction is a disease that can take over the brain. In fact, the word “addiction” comes from the Latin term for “bound to,” which accurately describes the way this disease exerts influence over those struggling to overcome it. Substance abuse alters the brain’s structure and functions, making it very difficult to break free from the disease’s grip. However, it is possible to retrain the brain with evidence-based Neurotherapy, which targets dysregulation areas in the brain.


Neurotherapy tools are an effective intervention for mental health issues that drive addiction. Using traditional EEG brain-wave biofeedback and brain stimulation techniques, trained therapists can prescribe an individualized treatment plan, track progress, and modify treatment.

 

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Healing a Brain

The brain can heal with the help of Neurotherapy tools, and individuals can find relief from mental health concerns and addiction. Those who struggle with a dual diagnosis of addiction in conjunction with anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or other mental health concerns can especially benefit from this therapy.

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What Is Neurotherapy?

Neurotherapy, also called neurofeedback or neuro biofeedback, uses real-time brain activity displays (EEG) to teach the brain to self-regulate. Maintaining specific brainwave patterns controls mood states and behaviors.

Reprogramming the brain. By maintaining specific brainwave patterns, moods can be stabilized, and dysfunctional behaviors reprogrammed. Neurotherapy activates the brain areas requiring feedback to produce “normal” brainwave patterns.

Addressing stressors. One of the most significant causes of addiction can be unresolved traumatic stress and emotional issues, causing an individual to use substances to self-medicate. Brain mapping identifies whether the brain is vulnerable, and Neurotherapy techniques stimulate areas of the brain that lack regulation.

A complementary treatment. Neurotherapy is used in conjunction with other addiction treatment therapies, including individual, group, family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. It is one more tool to help a person achieve long-term recovery.

>>Transcranial electrical stimulation, a form of Neurotherapy, was shown as a highly effective method for correcting psychiatric disturbances, including anxiety and depression associated with drug and alcohol dependency. This clinical research came from a double-blind placebo-controlled study.

Brain Mapping

Before a patient at Beachway receives Neurotherapy, they will participate in brain mapping to evaluate the brain. This allows the clinician to identify areas with atypical brainwaves that can trigger dysregulation and cause a lack of control over moods and behaviors. By mapping the brain, a patient can receive a customized Neurotherapy treatment plan addressing where the brain misfires and causes addiction vulnerability.

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How Does Brain Mapping work?

Brain mapping utilizes traditional EEG brainwave biofeedback and brain stimulation techniques to speed up neurofeedback.

What can you see with Brain Mapping?

Brain mapping can help identify if an individual has an undetected brain injury, underlying learning problems, stress, or other emotional and mental concerns.

Neurotherapy Treatments

At Beachway Therapy Center,  trained clinicians deliver a range of targeted Neurotherapy treatments based on a client’s brain mapping results. By addressing unresolved emotional stresses inhibiting regular brainwave activity, individuals vulnerable to addiction have a better chance of preventing behaviors that may lead to substance abuse.

Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES). TES normalizes an individual’s neurochemistry through gentle stimulation of the brain’s hypothalamus and other brain structures. TES is designed to rebalance these brain areas, which stabilizes both mood and behavior. Beachway uses a TES tool called Nexalin, an FDA-cleared intervention for treating depression, insomnia, and specific chronic pain issues.

Low-Intensity Pulsed Electromagnetic Stimulation. Brain mapping can indicate whether electrical signals in the brain are misfiring, and Neurofield can restore appropriate electrical activity. This non-invasive method of delivering electromagnetic energy realigns signals during minute-long intervals. (A wristwatch puts out more power than the Neurofield—it’s completely safe.) Today, hundreds of clinicians use Neurofield as a non-invasive, relaxing treatment for addressing brain frequency issues that may cause an individual to be more vulnerable to substance abuse and addiction.

EEG-Guided Light Stimulation. Light stimulation can reduce brain toxicity that results from substance abuse. “EEG-guided brain wave disentrainment” is the technical term—and it reduces excessive brain-wave voltage. Most people who experience this treatment find it relaxing and therapeutic.

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Neurofeedback. LORETA z-scored Neurofeedback is a revolutionary neurofeedback treatment. It generates a 3-D model of the brain’s electrical activity so clinicians can identify which brain structures won’t be influenced by traditional Neurotherapy.

Then, FDA-cleared brain-mapping technology can be used to engage deeper brain structures responsible for emotional regulation and cravings control. LORETA is a deep-healing process that transforms a person’s ability to learn—and this is critical for establishing healthy self-control and a well-regulated mood.

Bio-Acoustical Stimulation. Music frequencies can positively or negatively impact mood levels, and drum rhythms also have a documented effect on a person’s sense of relaxation and self-control. Because these kinds of external frequencies influence the body, a bio-acoustical utilization device (BAUD) can be utilized as a Neurotherapy tool because it can generate sonic waves matching brain frequencies.  With BAUD, a person can internalize what it feels like to have regulated brain waves.

The benefit: BAUD provides different stimulation through two speakers, increasing the impact and giving a person more control over learning self-regulation. As BAUD is working, individuals sense their self-regulation based on frequency changes.

The long-term impact: BAUD is an authentic learning experience for an individual that reinforces a sense of control. BAUD is an effective intervention for mental health and pain-related issues, which can be the root of substance abuse and addiction.

Neurotherapy and Addiction

Beachway Therapy Center offers patients cutting-edge Neurotherapy tools and trained clinicians on staff who bring years of expertise in delivering the latest brain mapping and Neurotherapy treatment. To learn more, contact Beachway directly or fill out this confidential form to get in touch with a compassionate staff member.