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How can you stop the “revolving door” of addiction?

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 helps bring increased success to the treatment of addiction. Combining neurofeedback with other addiction treatments can help a person finally escape the cycle of addiction.

Why is neurofeedback so effective?

Many people think addiction is due to a lack of self-discipline, but addiction is physiological, not psychological. People with addiction are often called “weak” by their family and friends, but addiction is a disease, and it is very hard to change. Addicts struggle with emotions such as guilt and shame, anger and frustration.
Addiction is a brain disease, a mental health disorder that severely debilitates a person in all aspects of his or her life. In addition, people with addiction frequently suffer from other mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Neurofeedback treats the brain disorder of addiction. Through neurofeedback, a person’s brain is retrained. Teaching the brain how to be calm, focused, and relaxed helps a person think more clearly. Neurofeedback training provides a solid base on which to build recovery and prevent relapses. It helps teach the tools one needs to cope long term.
Medications may be helpful, and useful, to begin change in the short-term. Recovery from addiction is about the long term.

How does an addict stop the cycle of addiction?

Neurofeedback retrains the brain patterns causing dysfunction, giving a person with addiction the ability to succeed past the typical 30-day treatment cycle.
In addiction, for a person who has relied on a substance to manage day-to-day, medications may be just another substance.

How does neurofeedback help end addiction?

During times of stress, a person with addiction needs to be able to remain calm, reasonable, and rational in order to make the choices needed to stay clean and sober. Neurofeedback teaches a person’s brain to connect to a calm, rational state, even in stressful situations.
According to a number of research studies, integrating neurofeedback training into one’s treatment program yields higher rates of success and lower rates of relapse than treatment programs without neurofeedback, for all age groups. In addition, heath professionals who use neurofeedback report that more than 85% of their clients that train with neurofeedback improve their ability to focus and regulate behavior and reduce their impulsivity.
Since neurofeedback helps a person manage emotions and mood and improve sleep, adding neurofeedback to an addiction treatment program gives people the necessary tools to help them be in control, achieve success, and avoid relapse.
Neurofeedback is a respectful approach to treating addiction. It helps replace maladaptive behaviors with more healthy patterns. People with addiction didn’t want this disease, and they want to learn new ways to manage it. Neurofeedback can help a person be aware of triggers that often lead to numbing and destructive behavior patterns.
With neurofeedback, a person can gain the tools necessary to free themselves from the destructive cycles of addiction.

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