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With relapse rates sky-high in the majority of addiction programs, people struggling with addiction can find themselves in and out of treatment and rehabilitation programs for years.
Often, people with addiction even leave a treatment program before completion.
Neurofeedback intends to bring increased success to the treatment of addiction. Combining neurofeedback with other addiction treatments may help a person finally escape the cycle of addiction.
The current model of 30-day, inpatient treatment has a high relapse rate and often doesn’t work.
Medications may be helpful to begin change in the short-term, but recovery from addiction is a long-term process.
Neurofeedback helps retrain the brain patterns causing dysfunction, giving a person with addiction the ability to succeed past the typical 30-day treatment cycle. In addition, for a person who has relied on a substance to manage daily life, medication may be just another substance.
During times of stress, a person with addiction needs to be able to remain calm, reasonable, and rational in order to make important choices needed to stay clean and sober.
- Neurofeedback aids in teaching a person’s brain to operate in a more calm, rational state.
- It’s respectful, non-invasive therapy with no known side effects.
- According to a number of research studies, integrating neurofeedback training into one’s treatment program may yield higher rates of success and lower rates of relapse than treatment programs without neurofeedback, for all age groups.
- Neurofeedback clinicians report that more than 85% of their clients who train with neurofeedback improve their ability to focus, regulate behavior, and reduce impulsivity.
- Since neurofeedback may help a person manage emotions and mood and improve sleep, adding neurofeedback to an addiction treatment program may give people the necessary tools to help them be more in control, achieve success, and avoid relapse.