Neurotherapy and Addiction
Over the years, neurotherapy has not been known as an accepted treatment for substance abuse. But, because of vast improvements in patients with addictions who have received it, it was worth studying in greater detail. One particular study was conducted that involved neurotherapy in patients who struggled with opiate dependence disorder.
The study involved 20 patients who were dependent upon opiates, but that who were receiving either methadone or buprenorphine treatment. These individuals were separated into two groups. One group continued to receive their medication and the other also received neurotherapy.
The group receiving neurotherapy reported several positive results, such as:
- Better somatic symptoms.
- Better symptoms of depression.
- A better mental health total score.
- Less of a desire to use opiates.
- Better relief from withdrawal symptoms.
As a result, the study concluded that neurofeedback is an effective, therapeutic treatment method for opiate dependence disorder. In knowing this, and how addiction works in the brain, it makes sense that this would be true for all types of addictions.
Mental Health and Neurofeedback
The term mental health encompasses many different illnesses and conditions that produce negative emotions and behaviors. Many people in the United States suffer from:
The technology that is available through neurofeedback allows us to pinpoint the brainwave activity that can lead to these conditions and their symptoms. Unlike other approaches – which are only symptom-based – this form of treatment allows the clinician to “see” the problem areas in the brain. It is a process that allows for total accuracy in both diagnosing and treating the condition, regardless of what it is.
Neurofeedback and Trauma
So many women suffer from trauma, and conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are prevalent among them. While there are many effective ways to treat it – such as EMDR – neurofeedback appears to be even more effective.
For women with a history of childhood abuse or another complex trauma, chronic autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysregulation is the norm. This means that either the individual has found themselves trapped in a state of sympathetic arousal, or they have shut down completely.
Neurofeedback works as a treatment for trauma because it allows restoration to the ANS. Clients are able to achieve a state of feeling restful, yet alert, and this has many positive, long-term consequences. A calmed ANS frees the client to resolve painful memories from the past with much less stress and more control. Inside the brain, new neural connections are able to be formed, which promotes ongoing healing.
Neurotherapy and ADHD/ADD
The studies that have been conducted on ADHD/ADD and neurotherapy have been extremely promising. Someone with this condition typically has a brain that displays various patterns of activity. This is mostly seen in the frontal lobe of the brain, which is also the area that is connected with learning, personality and behaviors.
Neurotherapy works for ADHD and ADD because of the way it changes the brainwaves in this portion of the brain. These changes allow the individual to experience better focus, less confusion, and improved cognitive function.
For years, the typical treatment that was recommended for ADHD/ADD was medication. But so many of the prescribed medications that are available come with terrible and concerning side effects. Because of neurotherapy, more people may be able to avoid taking these drugs and instead, focus on a non-invasive, holistic option for treatment.