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Addiction: Addiction and Neurofeedback
Addiction: Addiction and Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback continues to gain notoriety for its effectiveness in treating addictions. Additionally, research continues to support the fact that there is fundamental difference noted in the brain waves of an addict, as noted in the qEEG or Brain Map.
Neurofeedback Studies for Addiction:
Neurofeedback is revealing overwhelming results with alcoholic patients. The San Antonio Business Journal references a month-long experiment in which 80% of neurofeedback participants abstained from alcohol during treatment. In a follow-up study, 70% of the participants were still practicing abstinence. This is phenomenal, given the astounding rate of relapse that is typical for alcoholics and addicts. Overall, neurofeedback, as a component of addiction treatment, is a powerful tool. Its benefits should not be discounted. The reason for these promising results is that neurofeedback directly addresses the addiction center of the brain, returning the brain waves to a state of normalcy. This is the key that helps to eliminate cravings and aids the addict in resisting the urge to use!
A number of additional studies have been reported over the past several years. Two studies conducted in Texas offer additional support for neurofeedback as effective treatment for addiction. One study was done within the state corrections system by Alphonso Bermea, and a three-year follow-up data was strongly supportive of success using neurofeedback therapy. A second study focused on addicted street people (95% were crack cocaine addicts). Sixty-nine (69) people completed treatment, and they were followed from six months to one and one-half years. Success in this study was defined very stringently, through four criteria, all of which needed to be met:
• Not on drugs (verified though random UA)
• Not homeless
• Not unemployed (at work or in school)
• Not arrested
When they entered treatment, none of these men were employed or had a home. All were on drugs or alcohol and most had lengthy police records. The results have been overwhelming positive. Preliminary results show that 83% of clients have maintained success in meeting all four criteria. The project received a $3 million grant from the Houston Endowment to fund it for three more years.
How Can Dallas Brain Changers Help?
At Dallas Brain Changers, we believe in treating the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. We utilize neurofeedback and Christian counseling together as an integrated approach toward treatment of many disorders, including alcohol and drug addiction. When dealing with addiction issues, neurofeedback therapy effectively reduces or eliminates the craving for the substance and treats the comorbid conditionswhich add to the difficulties the addict faces on a daily basis. Through counseling, the client addresses damaging thought and behavior patterns, and he/she works to establish healthier boundaries and patterns to face day to day life from a more effective, healthier place.
Addiction treatment that includes neurofeedback and counseling with Dallas Brain Changers is intensive, and it requires outside meetings to help maintain sobriety and build a healthy support group. The results are worth it! Our clients gain their lives back, free from addiction and looking forward to embracing the future!
Call us today to begin the path toward increased health and healing! We are waiting for your call!
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CHANGING BRAINS. CHANGING LIVES.
Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN