Biofeedback

Progressive Treatments at The Source

At The Source Treatment Center, we offer a wide range of progressive treatments to provide individualized treatment plans. Having access to many forms of therapy is beneficial for clients to explore and discover what works best for them. Biofeedback is a great tool our clients can use to learn about themselves and how their thoughts feelings and behaviors are linked.  In biofeedback, patients learn skills they can continue to use long after their stay with us is over.

Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that involves using visual or auditory feedback to gain control over involuntary body functions such as blood flow, heart rate, and blood pressure. This information is monitored while relaxation techniques are employed to control how the body responds to stressful situations. This form of therapy can help recovering addicts gain more control over how they respond to stress.

The goal of biofeedback is to learn mindfulness techniques to cope with stress in positive ways without the use of drugs or alcohol. During a biofeedback session, electrode sensors are placed on different parts of the body.  The sensors read various vital responses while the patient is presented with visual and auditory cues such as an image or sound that might evoke a relapse trigger. The biological reactions are relayed back to the patient who is then taught how to use mindfulness techniques to help them relax. The patient can see their biological responses calming down in real-time as they apply the tools they’ve learned.  This therapy can help rewire the patient to not have the same negative responses to a trigger that could otherwise cause a relapse.

Biofeedback at The Source

Many people use drugs or alcohol to deal with stressful situations, difficult memories, and trauma. By learning to control involuntary functions, a person can learn to remain calm in stressful situations. Biofeedback can aid addiction recovery by helping a person realize their own power to control their body’s response to stress while providing the tools needed to cope with these triggers when they arise. Some of these techniques include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and mindful meditation.
The benefits of biofeedback vary depending on the type of treatment and the willingness of the participant. Some benefits include modifying anxious behavior, correcting negative thoughts, and undesirable behaviors, and changing attitudes towards a person’s own addiction. All of this helps reduce cravings and the likelihood of relapse.
Biofeedback cannot remove stress but aims to better manage stress. Besides the potential for relapse, chronic stress can have a wide range of negative health effects such as digestive problems, depression, heart disease, and decreased immunity. It’s important for us to help clients cultivate overall health to maintain sobriety and help them experience true healing. Biofeedback therapy can easily be continued throughout the recovery process and in life after rehab. 

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