Neurofeedback

Alcohol Drug Addiction Treatment NeurofeedbackEach client receives neurofeedback training throughout the course of their treatment. Evidence suggests that addiction, in part, is due to significantly altered brain wave patterns that cause the brain to misfire. Prolonged substance abuse tends to exacerbate these brain wave abnormalities. As a result, the individual suffers from mental sluggishness or agitation, depending upon the organic brain wave patterns and which substance has been abused. Neurofeedback assists in training the client’s brain to learn to regulate its own firing – normalizing and optimizing brain wave activity.

Neurofeedback is used as a treatment modality that utilizes direct training of brain functioning – without the use of medication – through operant conditioning and simple biofeedback. In a typical neurofeeback session, electrodes attached to the client’s scalp measure brain wave activity moment to moment. These measurements are conveyed to the client through video, audio, and tactile feedback. The client’s brain uses this feedback to retrain and direct the brain wave activity. Research has found that clients who receive neurofeedback training, as part of a residential treatment program, show an increased participation in individual and group counseling. Furthermore, such clients tend to stay in treatment longer and have significantly higher abstinence rates than those who do not receive such training.

Alcohol Drug Addiction Treatment NeurofeedbackEach client, upon admission, receives an assessment based upon presenting symptomology. An individualized program of neurofeedback training is designed for the client to correct their particular brain wave pattern abnormalities. Throughout their treatment program, the client receives three neurofeedback training sessions per week and reduction in symptomology is monitored and evaluated.