Holistic therapy has taken the recovery world into new dimensions over the last decade. Cognitive behavior therapy has a proven track record that has helped so many people with trauma and abuse in their past to heal and assist people with their addiction recovery, but there is still a small percentage of those who need an alternate method.
Biofeedback has been one of those holistic alternatives which have been used more frequently with someone who is in recovery. The use of biofeedback helps those who have traumatic and abusive pasts to get the relief they need from the stress that continues to plague them. Instead of drinking or using to soothe their pain or assist them to forget what happened, biofeedback allows them to identify their physical stress and use relaxation and mental exercises for alleviation.
During biofeedback, electrode sensors are attached to the skin that monitors the physiological reactions from a person’s brain waves, skin temperature, and muscle tension. The signals from the body transcribes onto a monitor that shows heartbeats, the temperature of the skin, blood pressure, muscle activity, breathing rate, and sweating. Biofeedback therapy tracks the ways the body reacts to physical and emotional tensions.
With someone who is recovering from substance abuse, biofeedback therapy can help to pinpoint the symptoms of withdrawal such as anxiety, depression, muscle tension, muscle pain, and restlessness. Seeing the progression of the symptoms through biofeedback therapy can give a person in recovery coping tools to keep their risk of relapse lowered.
Using guided imagery means that a person is visualizing a positive and proactive outcome through an altered state of mind. This type of meditation can help to naturally calm the functions of the body that are causing the mind undue stress. Guided imagery is similar to the feeling of daydreaming but with a positive and well-intentioned thought process.
The sensation of tensing muscles for seconds and then relaxing them for another small amount of time can release the tension quickly instead of gradually. By going muscle group to muscle group, overly tight muscles will allow an individual to fix their issues from the cues they recognize from their muscles.
Peaceful concentration to release negative thoughts and emotions is what mindfulness entails. Using the mind as a positive outlet can help a person to develop a new response in the elimination of anxiety, depression, and fear more readily.
Biofeedback overall uses techniques that can help someone to better to connect to their body when an unconscious reaction to emotional and physical tension occurs. Therapy such as biofeedback is designed to understand their involuntary bodily functions and use them as a healing advantage.
If you or someone you know needs help with their drug or alcohol addiction, The Kimberly Center has a treatment plan that will work for you. We believe that successful recovery encompasses the improvements in your self-esteem, relationships, and vocational productivity that substance abuse took away from you.
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