Thursday, October 27, 2011
Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Addiction With Neurofeedback
To most people struggling to free themselves from a drug or alcohol addiction, using additional chemicals such as prescription medications seems to defeat the purpose of overcoming the addiction. Nevertheless, prolonged substance abuse can have serious repercussions, so getting immediate help is vital. Perhaps this is why a growing number of people are choosing alternative therapies to overcome addictions. Neurofeedback therapy is one of the most promising of these new options. With both types of addiction, the individual loses control over choices, and ultimately, life situations. One of the challenges of using the more traditional type of treatment for these addictions is that the body may not being provided with proper support once it has gone through withdrawal. Neurofeedback, in addition to helping the person end their addiction to drugs and alcohol, may also help keep the person sober. Neurofeedback, or 'biofeedback for the brain', can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The attending doctor or clinician may also recommend getting involved with a good support group. Although numerous therapies support the recovery and maintenance of the person addicted to drugs and alcohol, the following treatments seem to be the most effective, whether as individual therapies, or in combination with other forms of treatment. - Neurofeedback - With this, the individual has the unique opportunity to retrain the brain so that the stressful situations, which would previously cause the person to turn to an addictive substance for relief, may no longer have that effect. Often, biofeedback and/or neurofeedback would be used along with various techniques of relaxation to help during withdrawal, and then to curb cravings. - Homeopathy for Addiction - A number of treatment options are available using homeopathy - and often this would be coupled with neurofeedback for the best results. - Meditation - Another excellent method for helping addicts get through the withdrawal phase and maintain a clean and healthy lifestyle is with various meditation therapies. Yoga, visualization, and imagery all work well as individual therapies, but when coupled with neurofeedback, the results can be astounding. - Hypnotherapy - Some holistic doctors also recommend hypnotherapy as a means to end drug and/or alcohol addiction. Again, this can be highly beneficial for its purpose but when used along with neurofeedback, the results may be better, recovery quicker, and cravings dramatically reduced to help the person stay clean. - Nutritional Therapy - It is common for doctors to have the addict go through nutritional therapy when using neurofeedback for drug and alcohol addiction, since dealing with some degree of malnutrition is quite possible for those in recovery. After all, both drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on the body, so the goal is to let neurofeedback help with the mind and nutritional therapy help with the body. Anyone trying to overcome an addiction with drugs or alcohol needs to know that they have viable solutions that are 100% natural and safe. After making the decision to 'come clean', knowing that there are methods for getting through the withdrawal phase and then living a healthy life without depending on drugs eliminates a tremendous amount of stress. It is never too late to begin anew, and neurofeedback, with or without other forms of therapies could be the perfect answer.