Biofeedback, also known as applied psychophysiological feedback, is a form of behavioral medicine that teaches patients how to control and regulate their physiological symptoms. The term stems from the use of electronic monitoring devices to provide feedback on one’s biological functioning.
Biofeedback has been a tool used by both medical and mental health practitioners for decades now. The Biofeedback Research Society, known today as the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), was officially established in 1969.
While there are actually six distinct and discrete types of biofeedback, the technique that is most commonly used in the treatment of substance use disorders is electroencephalography or EEG for short. Also known as neurofeedback, EEG uses special equipment and software to monitor brain waves with the goal of helping the patient achieve balance among the different types.
While biofeedback can be incredibly effective and even empowering for patients, it can also be very expensive and time-consuming, and it doesn’t always work for everyone. If you are seeking treatment for a substance addiction, it is important to discuss the pros and cons of all of the different methods available to make the right choice for your specific and unique needs.
The supervised detoxification and residential treatment program at the Asana Recovery Center utilizes a wide variety of different therapy options designed to help those at any stage of addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.