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Neurofeedback therapy for addiction subtance abuse


In modern psychiatry the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) substance use disorder (SUD) is defined as a pattern of behaviors and symptoms that arise from an addiction to a substance despite negative effects. The most simple way to understand addiction is that it is a learned behavior as a means to regulate cognitive or emotional processes. As emotion and affect is at the core of the most basic human motivations it provides intoxicating substances a very powerful, although short-term advantage in overcoming perceived challenges and stressors. Furthermore, by placing additional dependence on psychoactive substances for brain regulation SUD is known to precipitate an increase in the severity or susceptibility to other mental health conditions, which in turn increase the risk of continued substance use. 

Current treatments of addiction consist of either medically managed detox, and residential or outpatient rehabilitation programs with modest success rates, which are less due to their design but more to the mismatch between their scope of influence and the actual neurological root of the addictive process.

An intervention that is able to reduce the feelings such as restlessness, irritability, nausea, and insomnia that typify the cravings of SUD and addiction would prove to be distinctly advantageous in the rehabilitative context.

Neurofeedback for Nicotine

Around 15% of the US population (1 in 7) suffer from SUD

Neurofeedback for Alcoholism

Over 60% of adolescents that are in SUD treatment programs also meet criteria for another mental illness

Neurofeedback for cocaine and stimulants

Presence of other mental disorders (anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, etc.) increases an individual's likelihood of developing SUD

Neurofeedback for opioids

SUD may precipitate mental health disorders in those with family history of mental health disabilities

Neurofeedback for heroin

50,000+ overdose deaths occurred in 2021, in which opioids have been the major cause

Research on SUD over the past 20+ years shows:

Neurofeedback evidence-based

Characterized by physiological dependence and accompanied by the withdrawal syndrome upon abstinence

from the substance

Neurofeedback  for ADHD

More than 70% of adolescents surveyed with SUD had a history of trauma exposure

Neurofeedback brain therapy for addiction
Neurofeedback for PTSD

The anterior (ACC) and posterior cingulate cortices (PCC) are two brain structures involved in motivation and reward seeking often implicated in SUD, especially in the PTSD population

Neurofeedback for Anxiety and Stress

SUD is a learned behavior that is underpinned by the function of the prefrontal cortex (PFC)

Neurofeedback for OCD

64% of individuals with SUD have shown abnormal brain wave (EEG) profiles

Addiction detox

SUD cases show a predominance of beta brainwave (EEG) activity during the resting state, which is highly associated with hyperarousal

Neurofeedback brain frontal lobe mechanisms

Neurofeedback and brain change

Addiction therapy
Neurofeedback non-invasive

Neuroplasticity (malleability) of the brain provides opportunity to change dysfunctions associated with SUD

Neurofeedback painless

Neurofeedback epitomizes the definition of a non-invasive intervention

Neurofeedback drug-free

Success rates of neurofeedback show no less than 70% of all outpatient programs

Neurofeedback sustainability

Neurofeedback uses QEEG assessments to profile exactly which parts of the addicted brain shows dysregulation 

Neurofeedback positive results

Training sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) targets the hyperarousal markers associated with SUD 

Neurofeedback and QEEG brain mapping

Targeting the PFC and PCC with neurofeedback shows significant reductions in symptoms of addiction

The ever changing environment of the modern world presents novel pressures that exert novel challenges on the functions of both brain and body, and the ability to adapt to its demands may also require a modernized update to those very same skills. The development of neurofeedback offers new hope for modulating the performance of the brain to keep up with the ever changing landscape of challenges of the modern world. Neurofeedback epitomizes the definition of a non-invasive modality that holds so much promise for the alleviation of drug and alcohol addiction, and the opportunity to regain one’s health and life. 

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