Understanding how Neurofeedback Therapy Works for Addiction Recovery.
This Wiki is in context to the Non 12 step program developed by Gulf Breeze Recovery called THRIVE: Total Health Recovery.
What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback therapy is a process of monitoring the brain’s behavior by way of its electrical signals and using that information to reinforce positive brain behavior. This results in improved brain function and increased awareness of the role the brain’s chemical and electrical behavior plays in the decision making process.
Patients who have undergone neurofeedback sessions at Gulf Breeze Recovery have reported a wide range of positive outcomes; these include:
- Decreased Anxiety
- Increased Attentiveness
- Improved Sleep
- Greater Awareness of Mental Behavior
- ... and more
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
The process of neurofeedback involves a series of sessions in which electrodes are attached to the scalp and brain function is monitored in real time. This information is then shown back to the individual participating in the therapy along with visuals or audio signals. Working with a neurofeedback professional, the goal is for the participant to develop the skills to regulate the performance of their brain.
Therapists are using neurofeedback to treat many conditions. By helping individuals regulate their brainwaves therapists have had results with patients with trauma, ADHD, PTSD and other conditions. It provided better focus and relaxation for the guest. It is often described as non-conscious learning.
A brief explanation of Neurofeedback, according to Margaret Carr, Neurofeedback Clinician at Gulf Breeze Recovery:
"The way that I explain neurofeedback to people who have never heard of it before is it reads the brainwaves just like an EEG machine at the hospital, and it rewards the healthy brain waves with happy music notes and pretty images on the screen and over time, that trains the brain to prefer the healthy brain waves.
Your brain is an organ that has a function just like your heart or your liver or any other organ in your body and what we're actually trying to do is change the way this organ functions. This is what neurofeedback is good for, it changes the way that this organ functions so that you don't have the same brainwave for your substance of use that you have for food or water or something else that you need to survive.
Everybody could benefit from neurofeedback! "
Neurofeedback has been an effective treatment for ADHD and is also a non-invasive alternative. It helps children gain control without the use of Ritalin, a drug commonly used in the treatment of ADHD in children.
History of Neurofeedback
The first EEG recording was in 1924 by German psychiatrist Hans Berger. He coined the terms “alpha wave” and ‘beta wave” and began the foundation of work in this area.
In 1960 Kamiya, considered the father of modern neurofeedback, conducted research on alpha waves, demonstrating that people could learn to consciously control their brain activity and enter the "alpha state," a mental state closely linked to relaxation and stress relief. This was the first valid demonstration of EEG neurofeedback training in humans.
Why Do We Use Neurofeedback at Gulf Breeze Recovery?
Neurofeedback has been shown to yield positive results in lab studies and; consequently, with our residents at Gulf Breeze Recovery. Studies have also shown that patients are better able to participate in and benefit from their experience and education after having received neurofeedback.
“Neurofeedback, in a nutshell, helps accelerate the focus process,” says Barnett Gilmer, founder and CEO of Gulf Breeze Recovery. “It helps a person get into what athletes commonly call ‘the zone.’ That’s when people are at their optimum.”
Barnett continues, “We want to provide our guests with everything possible to help them take control of, and succeed in, their recovery. Having seen the positive results in our guests and reviewed the growing body of literature in support of neurofeedback, we have made this therapy a permanent part of our program. The process of Neurotherapy further reinforces one of the principles at the core of our recovery philosophy: you are not your thoughts - you have the power to observe thought, understand the nature of thought and to choose your response to thought.”
A former guest at Gulf Breeze Recovery, Sarah explains her experience with Neurofeedback vs Psychotropic Medication.
Ever since I was in Middle School I have been told that there's this and that wrong with me and I was on like five different things for sleep, to regulate my emotions to control any type of feeling. Since Neurofeedback I'm not even taking any sort of antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds and you know for the first time in my life I get to just be me and sincerely genuinely completely uninhibited me and I think that's a really good feeling!
List of Other Resources and Articles About Neurofeedback.
- Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback:
- Child and Family Center:
- Clinical Use of Neurofeedback for ADHD:
- Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Addictive Disorders:
More articles on Neurofeedback.