Addictions

Any time we can assist someone in moving from a stressful state to a calm and relaxed frame of mind, and keep him or her from engaging in addictive and destructive behaviour, we will have significantly increased the probability for success. Fortunately, with neurofeedback, this is not only possible, but it is predictable as well. A 2005 study published by The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

highlights the advantages neurofeedback therapy in treating addiction. Eighty percent of subjects in this study were abstinent one-year post treatment. The study noted that the success of its subjects may lie in neurofeedback therapy’s ability to allow participants to better tolerate stress, anxiety, and anxiety-eliciting situations, which are evident during the initial phases of recovery.

The Promises Addiction center in L.A. postulate “Most people suffering from substance abuse disorders are also struggling with underlying issues, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and trauma. These co-occurring disorders often trigger relapses for clients in recovery (or prompt clients to leave treatment prematurely), so it is extremely important for clients to be treated for both their substance abuse disorder and any underlying conditions.

In a UCLA study (published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in 2005), 77 percent of participants who received neurofeedback in conjunction with a 12-step program remained abstinent at 12 months, compared to 44 percent of those who didn’t receive neurofeedback, but who stayed in treatment longer. This study has also been successfully replicated by other research teams.

Another study of homeless male crack cocaine users showed that after receiving 12 months of neurofeedback (along with a 12-step program), 12 men graduated from the program per month. Before the study, only 12 men graduated per year.”

People who have addictions will benefit from:

  • feeling dramatically less anxious
  • having an increased sense of well-being
  • feeling more comfortable and relaxed
  • improved attention
  • improved concentration
  • ability to focus
  • increased understanding and experience of knowing that feelings aren’t facts
  • increased objectivity
  • increased sense of presence