While each patient is different, learning more about how neurofeedback works and what it can accomplish for you can help you make an informed decision about whether or not to use it.
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback is sometimes called EEG (electroencephalogram) or biofeedback. Biofeedback is a type of therapy that assists people with substance-use disorders in gaining control over their minds and bodies while in treatment by measuring a patient’s brainwave activity. The brain signals are then reorganized and retrained using a computer-based neurofeedback therapy program. This is accomplished through the use of visual and auditory cues.
Patients who receive neurotherapy tend to show improvement and recover from symptoms caused by substance use. Patients have reported long-term, successful recovery when used as part of their treatment regimen.
Neurofeedback therapy, in particular, is used to teach patients how to control their brain functioning by showing them how their brains react to certain triggers. Patients gradually learn to detect when their brain is in a particular state. Then, in their daily lives, people can learn to replicate the desired mood, such as calm, or avoid unpleasant states, such as anxiety.
By analyzing EEG tracings or visualizations of how the brain responds to different visual, video, or aural stimuli, it’s claimed that the brain may be instructed on what it has to do to attain healthier patterns.
How Does Neurotherapy Work?
At some of the best rehabs, like The Process Recovery Center, individuals are taught to develop positive EEG patterns as part of neurotherapy. EEG sensors or electrodes are used to collect the patient’s brain waves during a session. The detectors are linked to a computer and implanted superficially along the scalp. A basic computer game is controlled by the electrical pulses produced by the brain. Patients learn how to control and play virtual games using this way.
Neurofeedback aids patients in changing their mental processes. By playing and responding to positive feedback, they learn to regulate and develop their brain function. Individuals who improve their brain function respond better to overwhelming emotions and stress and acquire a more clear perspective. The method can help patients overcome numerous neurological and mental health conditions, like addiction, over time.
What To Expect From Neurofeedback
Because of neuroplasticity your brain develops the ability to rearrange itself and establish new connections in response to your experiences and environment, your ideas, emotions, reactions, and behaviors change as you grow, learn, discover, and understand. Neuroplasticity is the “muscle-building” aspect of your brain that strengthens and generates new neural connections in response to repeated ideas and actions.
You actively encourage the beneficial brainwave patterns that lead to better, more balanced thoughts, emotions, and actions when you use neurofeedback. After an average of 40 sessions over the course of 20 weeks, most people attain their best results. Neurofeedback can help you regain control of your life, whether you have addiction problems, anxiety, sadness, or something else.
Can Neurofeedback Be Harmful?
Not if you go to someone who knows how to operate their tools! You’ll be able to discover relief from whatever problem you’re dealing with as long as the provider has received accredited training and has a thorough understanding of how the brain operates.
Any negative side effects (and we use the term loosely) that you experience after your treatment are used as input to help us understand how your brain is behaving. This data is used to fine-tune your future therapy.