Addiction is a brain disease, it is not a weakness. Research has supported using neurofeedback as an effective addiction treatment since the late 1970’s. Not only does neurofeedback assist with your addiction battle, it greatly increases your chances of staying clean and sober. With addiction there tends to be other symptoms such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety, all of which are improved with neurofeedback.
Drugs (including alcohol) are chemicals that change the brain, they alter its structure and how it works. Drugs tap into the brain’s communication system and interfere with the way the neurons send, receive, and process information. Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, can activate neurons because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter, but they don’t activate the neurons in the same way a natural neurotransmitter would. They send abnormal messages.
Addiction is due to genetics, environmental factors and poor coping skills. Addiction is like most major diseases, let’s compare to heart disease. Both are leading causes of death and both are partly due to genes, poor life style choices, and stress. The model below is taken from www.nida.org.
People take drugs to feel and do better. A brain wave pattern that is typical with addiction is over activation of fast waves. They feel as if they can not turn their brain off and quiet their mind. They self medicate with alcohol or other drugs as a way to calm the brain down, release the anxiety and feelings of distress. Over time. the repeated drug use becomes necessary for addicts to feel “normal” and the repeated abuse permanently rewires your brain. The good news is, you can change it.
If you think of addiction as a weakness, you will paint yourself into a corner that you can’t get out of. You will focus on being stronger and trying to control your use. If you think of addiction as a brain disease you will focus on stopping your use, and treating the disease. Call to get more information how neurofeedback can be effective addiction treatment for you.