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Overview

Biofeedback is not a standalone treatment for the treatment of drug addiction. Recovery from drug addiction best happens when biofeedback is used in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as medications to help with the withdrawal symptoms and therapy to understand and change what leads a person to engage in using drugs. The 12-step programs also act as a great support group that help the person in maintaining long-term sobriety.

In biofeedback therapy sessions, the person with addiction is given feedback through audio and visual cues and made to engage in grounding and relaxation techniques that help bring their heart rate, breathing, and other bodily functions responding to stress or cravings to a normal rate. In this way, the exercises promote self-awareness and emotional regulation that aim to counteract the tendency to engage in substances in the process of recovery. Thus, biofeedback helps the person learn to manage physiological responses like stress that precipitate a person’s substance use or relapse back to
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How effective is Biofeedback for Drug Addiction?

Biofeedback is an effective form of treatment for drug addiction, when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities, as it helps the person with addiction manage their responses to physiological reactions such as stress, which unmanaged can become cues for them to engage in substance use.

Is Biofeedback safe for Drug Addiction?

Biofeedback is generally considered safe but would not be appropriate for everyone, especially those with heart rhythm or skin conditions. Moreover, physical examinations are a must before engaging in a biofeedback therapy session.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

Sessions are for usually less than an hour. The number of sessions depends on the severity of the addiction and the individual’s response to the treatment.