Addiction is a difficult disease to treat, but it is not impossible. Every day, millions of people are working at their recoveries. To make this journey more rewarding, Compassion Behavioral Health offers a number of cutting-edge therapies and treatment programs. One of our latest programs is our Neurotherapy Program that uses the power of the brain to help clients regain health and well-being. We find this type of treatment having positive outcomes in our clients suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, substance abuse and other mental health issues and disorders.
Neurotherapy is open to all clients at our treatment facility. To understand how this therapy works and if it can benefit your recovery, read on for more information. As always, if you have questions about neurotherapy or any of our other programs, contact us today at 844-660-0084.
What is Neurotherapy?
Neurotherapy, also known as neurofeedback, is a type of therapy that exercises the brain. The goal of this therapy is to teach the brain effective ways to calm and soothe itself so that you can make rational decisions in times of stress. Neurotherapy is a drug-free treatment, but it’s most effective alongside other treatments, such as medication, support groups and individual counseling.
Studies show that when brain training is included in a recovery plan, 85% of people are treated effectively. Whether you are considering treatment for the first time, or you have been down this road multiple times, neurotherapy can help in any stage of the journey. In fact, this could be the key to preventing relapse, which is especially high in the first year of recovery.
How Does Neurotherapy Work?
Neurofeedback is safe, effective and drug-free. It aims to target the “broken” parts of the brain that cause irrational behaviors. These parts of the brain are believed to be connected to impulsivity, connectivity and arousal, driving the desire to use drugs and alcohol in times of stress. By retraining the brain to better respond to stressful situations, the hope is that the desire to use drugs and alcohol will be reduced.
Here is what a typical brain training session looks like.
You will sit down in a quiet, private place and have sensors placed on your head. (They are painless, don’t worry.) The EEG sensors are used to show how fast or slow your brainwaves are firing. In the beginning, we will conduct a brain map that looks a lot like a heat map. It tells us how your brain responds to various stimuli and what parts need “fixing.”
Based on your results from the brain map, we will create a customized treatment plan that targets the problem areas in your brain. You will complete puzzles, play games, watch movies and listen to music. All activities support better brain functioning. Neurotherapy sessions are enjoyable and usually last about 30 minutes.
At the end of the session, you should feel more relaxed. Some clients also experience deeper sleep and more vivid dreams after their sessions. You should have no negative side effects, as there is nothing “pushing” on the brain.
How Safe is Neurotherapy?
Neurotherapy is very safe, which is one of the reasons why we recommended it to just about anyone working through addiction recovery. This therapy is non-invasive and does not send electricity to the brain. Most people experience no major side effects, though some clients do report having more mental fatigue. For most individuals, neurofeedback sessions are relaxing and include playing games and completing puzzles.
What are the Benefits of a Neurotherapy Program?
Addiction is a severe psychological condition that is categorized by impulsive thinking and behaviors. It can be debilitating and affect every aspect of a person’s life. Most treatment programs are built around a 30-day schedule, but sadly, many individuals relapse sometime in the first year. What this tells us is that recovering addicts need more tools to maintain sobriety. Neurotherapy is a cumulative tool that supports long-term recovery.
Here are the key benefits to neurofeedback when used for addiction treatment.
- Individualized . Rather than digging around and looking for things that may be wrong, our team performs a comprehensive brain map that shows the root cause of your imbalance. We can then target these areas to improve your health. All sessions and activities are completely individualized to your unique needs.
- Brain training has shown to be effective for a number of conditions. For example, studies show that neurofeedback may be more effective for treating ADHD than medications like Ritalin. A UCLA addiction study found that neurofeedback may improve sobriety rates, retention in rehab and personality scores.
- Neurofeedback therapy strengthens certain pathways in the brain, much like the muscles are strengthened during a workout. It’s safe, non-intrusive and drug-free. No electricity is delivered to the brain. However, there may be mild side effects like brain fatigue, dizziness or light sensitivity.
- Neurotherapy works well with other forms of therapy, such as counseling, 12-step meetings and medication. Hopefully, as the nervous system grows more balanced, you can reduce other therapies as well.
What Conditions Can Neurotherapy Help With?
As the medical community learns more about neurofeedback and its benefits, we are discovering that it can be used to treat a wide range of disorders. Here are some of the most common conditions that respond to neurofeedback.
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
Getting Started with Our Neurotherapy Program
Compassion Behavioral Health works with individuals who require substance abuse and/or mental health treatment. We provide three treatment programs: Day/Night Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) and Outpatient Treatment. To cater to our individual clients, we offer a number of therapies that can be combined for the maximum effect. We are proud to offer neurotherapy as one of them.
Thanks to our brain mapping software, we won’t waste any time guessing where the imbalances are in your brain. When these imbalances are detected, we’re able to deliver highly individualized brain training sessions in the form of watching movies, playing games and completing puzzles. Most clients report that they feel relaxed after a brain training session.
Each person requires a different number of sessions, which can be better determined as you move along in our program. Generally speaking, younger brains tend to learn faster than older brains, and longer-standing, persistent symptoms need more treatment. Thankfully, the results are cumulative, so improvements may be seen after just a few sessions.
Neurofeedback offers many benefits without the risks, and it supports a healthy, long-term recovery. To learn more about our neurotherapy program, please call Compassion Behavioral Health at 844-660-0084.