The field of biofeedback allows us objective access to the brains functions. Today we have software that can convert brain signals into tangible data powerful enough to reveal the subjects decision process 2-3 seconds before they even make it!. This allows for the application of scientific methodology towards effectively diagnosing and treating the biological cause behind addiction. More specifically, we can use neurofeedback to produce brain signals that will teach the brain self-regulation.Just how effective is neurofeedback in treating addiction?
The true underlying cause of addiction is that the brain of an addict can no longer effectively self-regulate. We often see the signs of addiction through symptoms, not the cause. What neurofeedback offers is the ability to assess and pinpoint precisely where in the feedback loop the brain fails to function properly. Therefore, giving practitioners the opportunity to treat the cause, not the symptoms.
Iris Healing Retreat uses neurofeedback therapy to help its clients.
NOTE** 20-40 Sessions are required for long term success
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
An Assessment of an Automated EEG Biofeedback System for Attention Deficits in a Substance Use Disorders Residential Treatment Setting
Julian R. Keith, Lobsang Rapgay, Don Theodore, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, and Jae L. Ross Online First Publication, September 1, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/adb0000016
In summary, automated neurofeedback can effectively improve symptoms of attention deficits in recovering illicit substance users in the context of a comprehensive residential substance abuse treatment facility.
Effects of an EEG Biofeedback Protocol on a Mixed Substance Abusing Population
William C. Scott, B.S.W., C.C.D.P., David Kaiser, Ph.D., Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., and Stephen I. Sideroff, Ph.D.
The present study supports the efficacy of an EEG biofeedback protocol as adjunctive therapy in an in-patient drug treatment program. This protocol appears to be beneficial for both sedative as well as stimulant substances of abuse. Success was determined by length of time in treatment as well as by abstinence one year after termination of treatment. Supportive data were provided through attentional/cognitive and psychological assessments. These findings extend the research employing alpha-theta EEG biofeedback with an alcoholic population to other drugs of abuse.
Plastic modulation of PTSD resting-state networks and subjective wellbeing by EEG neurofeedback
Kluetsch RC, Ros T, Theberge J, Frewen PA, Calhoun VD, Schmahl C, Jetly R, Lanius RA. Plastic modulation of PTSD resting-state networks by EEG neurofeedback
This study thus showed that the function of key brain EEG neurofeedback in PTSD networks involved in mediating aﬀect and cognition can be volitionally modulated in persons with PTSD with measurable outcomes on immediate subjective wellbeing.
The alpha-theta protocol apparently takes the client to a very specific frequency portal –4 to 12 hertz – through which emotionally painful events are easily accessed.
Brainwaves In Relation to Activity Levels
Ecological validity of neurofeedback: modulation of slow wave EEG enhances musical performance
Tobias Egner and John H. Gruzelier
Data from two successive experiments were reported that document signiﬁcant enhancement of music performance quality by means of an EEG neurofeedback protocol which repeatedly facilitates a wakeful eyes-closed state characterised by the progressive rise of theta over alpha band amplitudes.
Plastic modulation of PTSD resting-state networks by EEG neurofeedback
Rosemarie C. Kluestch, MSc, Tomas Ros, PhD, Jean Théberge, PhD, Paul A. Frewen, PhD, Vince D. Calhoun, PhD, Christian Schmahl, MD, Rakesh Jetly, MD, and Ruth A. Lanius, MD, PhD
Alpha desynchronizing neurofeedback was associated with decreased alpha amplitude during training, followed by a significant increase (‘rebound’) in resting-state alpha synchronization. This rebound was linked to increased calmness, greater salience network connectivity with the right insula, and enhanced default mode network connectivity with bilateral posterior cingulate, right middle frontal gyrus, and left medial prefrontal cortex.
Training Brainwave Frequencies
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“Iris Healing was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have been to 5 other treatment centers and it just did not stick. Iris properly diagnosed me, got me on the right medication, and gave me the tools and encouragement to stay sober. They have helped me in every aspect of my life and I am extremely grateful! I can now get back to my regular life without the fear of addiction! Thank you!!”
- Michelle B.
Words simply can't fully express my gratitude and thanks for the Iris team. The CEO and Clinical Director have built an amazing program that not only addresses the substance dependency; but in addition, treats and heals the entire person...physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In many ways, I feel like they have set me on a journey to learn who I really am and given me my life back...which is a gift I will always treasure. The intimate size of the facility was crucial to my experience. I never felt overlooked, and there was always a staff member available to me if I needed assistance, a listening ear, or encouragement during my time there. The therapists and staff provided comfort, kindness, and support...and made me feel as though I was in a safe environment where I could fully focus on my healing. I'm so thankful I began my recovery journey at Iris, and I will be eternally grateful for this incredible program and team. -- William H.