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Modern addiction therapy programs include various innovative tools that allow clients to shape their behaviors andpermit them to enter aftercare with a set of stronger, more healthful habits already in place. Neurofeedback therapy helps support clients’ brain function directly, painlessly, and permanently, improving their ability to make positive decisions. It can even decrease the negative thought patterns that have prevented them from enjoying their best life.
At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we offer neurofeedback therapy as one of our many integrated mental health and wellness supports, allowing our clients to experience greater gains in their recovery. Contact our team today at 833.551.2304 to learn more about our alternative treatments and how they can help you assume control over your future.
One of the priorities of integrated treatment is to address the underlying behaviors that prompt a client to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. As the organ that initiates all behaviors, the brain is conditioned to favor rewards and avoid punishments. However, those with a substance abuse problem have enjoyed a falsely heightened sense of safety, relaxation, or euphoria. The brain has learned to rely on drugs or alcohol to experience effectively.
As an individual continues to use these substances over time, the brain becomes unresponsive to the original dose, requiring increasing doses to achieve the initial high. Over time, these neural pathways can become so distorted that the brain may come to consider drugs or alcohol as necessary to its survival, even over food, water, safe living conditions, etc.
Neurofeedback therapy, not to be confused with electroconvulsive therapy, works by monitoring the brain’s own internal electrical signals through temporarily adhered electrodes to the head and scalp. No electric current is sent to the cranium; instead, the sensors help clinicians monitor cognitive patterns by asking the client questions and observing what parts of the brain are activated in response. This allows clinicians to identify problematic thought patterns and offer targeted reinforcements to re-condition beneficial behaviors.
This process allows the client’s neurological system to help heal itself by improving communication, which can work in tandem with the client’s desire to heal by improving their innate decision-making. Over a series of sessions, this information is used to help reinforce calmer, more rational patterns through a combination of pleasant images and sounds.
In addition to creating a better foundation for recovery from substance abuse, neurofeedback helps improve mental and emotional health in all individuals. Some practitioners even argue that neurofeedback would be beneficial to members of the general public by offering a risk-free way to improve cognitive activity.
At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we believe that the client is not limited to the sum of their current thoughts. Given the proper tools, we can willingly alter their behavior towards achieving a happier, more productive life. Contact our team today at 833.551.2304 to learn about the role of neurofeedback therapy within our integrated approach to recovery and wellness and how we can get you on the road to permanent sobriety.