When it comes to addiction, there is no one way to overcome this problem. While a medical drug detox can help with the addict’s physical dependence, this is only the first step if the patient wants to find lasting sobriety. Long-term success often depends on a wider look at addiction recovery; biofeedback therapy for addiction treatment can address some of these issues that detox alone cannot.
How Does Biofeedback Therapy Work?
Biofeedback is a type of therapy that teaches patients how to control their body’s functions that are often thought involuntary such as heart rate, breathing, muscle tension, sweat, and body temperature. During a biofeedback therapy session, the patients and trained therapist will typically focus on one of these specific body functions at a time. Using special machines like EEGs or blood pressure monitors, the patient is able to get a better understanding of the body function. Eventually, with training, the patient will learn how to control these responses and can use these techniques to change their body functions on command like to help themselves relax in times of high stress or anxiety.
Using Biofeedback for AddictionBiofeedback can be used to treat various ailments such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, headaches, stress, and anxiety. Biofeedback for substance abuse uses these improvements to help drug addicts and alcoholics reduce their risk of relapse.
Addiction recovery isn’t easy, and early recovery especially can come with many strong addiction cravings that can be hard to manage. Some common addiction triggers are stress and anxiety. Chronic pain can also be an addiction trigger for people going through an alcohol or prescription pill detox and who are used to using these substances to cope. Biofeedback therapy for addiction helps recovery addicts not only recognize that they have the power to control their body’s response to these problems, but also provides them with a tool to cope with these triggers when they arise.
Part of a Comprehensive Approach to RecoveryAt Banyan Boca, we believe that because addiction is a wide-spread problem made up of many separate issues, treatment needs to address all of these issues for a patient to find lasting sobriety. In order to help our patients work through all of their problems, we offer several addiction treatment therapies in Boca Raton, not just biofeedback.
On top of biofeedback therapy for addiction, patients will participate in regular programming and counseling sessions. Each program is designed to address a specific issue related to addiction and prepare the patient for life outside of treatment. Programs are runs by experts in their field and include a small client to patient ratio to ensure that each patient receives the individual attention they need to be successful. Programming will continue until the patient makes the necessary progress as the instructor or counselor sees fit and the patient is able to move through to the next level of care or treatment is complete.
If you or someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, it is important to get help immediately. At Banyan Boca, we have your best interest in mind. Contact us today to learn more or get started.