Chemical dependency robs you of free will. You become a slave to a drug. At Crestview Recovery, specialists use biofeedback therapy to help put you back in control of your life. Here’s how it works.
What Is Biofeedback Therapy?
Participating in a biofeedback therapy program is painless. It’s a noninvasive modality. Our specialists attach sensors to your body. These sensors connect to a computer.
During an individual therapy program session, you work on actively relaxing your body and mind. This sounds a lot easier than it is. In the past, you used drugs or alcohol to numb yourself, calm down, or relax. Now, you use breathing techniques.
When you first start biofeedback therapy, the specialist records baseline readings. Most importantly, they help you get information on involuntary reactions. For example, you might react to a trigger with an increase in respiratory functions. Similarly, your heart beats faster.
Some people will notice that their muscles spasm. Others feel their skin prickle before they begin sweating. You might experience this during times of stress. Besides that, these reactions can occur due to post-acute withdrawal.
Integrating Biofeedback Therapy with Other Evidence-Based Modalities
A biofeedback therapy program isn’t enough to break your psychological dependency on drugs or alcohol. It’s only one tool. Besides that, processing the results is possible only when you go through other care approaches, too. Examples include:
- Mindfulness meditation therapy that teaches you to be in the present moment and process information without judgment
- Cognitive behavioral therapy as a way to remove dysfunctional traits and replace them with healthy ones
- Yoga therapy that encourages slow movements and breathing exercise integration
- Psychotherapy, which allows you to talk about your reasons for abusing substances
- Family therapy as a way to promote open communication and foster a renewal of trust between loved ones
Art therapy is another integral aspect of healing from addiction. Because you have feelings that are difficult to put into words, experiential therapies fill the void. You may be able to convey a mood or an impression with colors and pen strokes. All these treatments work together to help you know yourself better.
As part of biofeedback therapy, they provide you with tools to overcome adverse reactions. Because the technology lets you see how you react to stimuli, you choose what you want to do differently. As you work on actively dismantling unwelcome reactions, feedback tells you when you succeed. This is an empowering moment.
For this reason, a biofeedback therapy program requires multiple sessions. Accomplishing the changes you’re looking for doesn’t happen overnight. Most importantly, repeating some of the stimuli ensures that you feel confident in your ability to handle triggers differently.
Preparing for Lifelong Sobriety
Stress management is essential for sobriety. Because so many chemical dependencies begin due to inadequate stress responses, making a change here pays off. Rather than relying on just giving you ideal scenarios and making modifications in role-playing games, biofeedback keeps you honest. You can trust yourself with conscious as well as unconscious reactions to triggers.
This level of healing is a hallmark of undergoing therapy at Crestview Recovery. Therapists don’t just help you heal. Above all, they empower you to take back control of your life. Therefore, you can anticipate situations that may cause problems for you and prepare yourself accordingly.
Undergoing residential treatments, as well as biofeedback therapy, prepare you for lifelong sobriety. You heal alongside peers in recovery and thrive on the support you receive. Find out more about rehab today by contacting Crestview Recovery. Call 866.262.0531 now.