It has been a common notion that those who fall victims to addiction and substance abuse do so because they lose control of their mind and body, and there may be some truth in this supposition. The reason addiction is so difficult to treat is because addicts develop a dependence on alcohol or drugs that make them feel and think that using these substances is necessary for survival. Some even start by using drugs medicinally, but end up being dependent on this drug due to mismanagement and improper dosing. This has been seen in individuals taking painkillers unsupervised. They fail to realize the long-term implications of taking too much painkillers and may regret it in the end.
Bio feedback therapy is one method wherein addicts are trained and conditioned to become aware of their physiological functions. At first, certain instruments that provide information about the activity of different physiological systems will be used. Later on, addicts will learn to control physiological functions without the aid of instruments. Bio feedback therapy has been used to improve overall health and performance in some individuals, and it is considered a useful therapy for addiction treatment because the physiological changes that occur during therapy often come together with modifications in thought, emotion, and, eventually, behavior. It has been proven effective in the treatment of severe headaches, migraines, hypertension, muscle pain, and anxiety.
The basic principle of bio feedback therapy is based on understanding. It posits that addicts can control their body’s responses to certain stimuli and, eventually, gain control of their addiction so they can kick the habit. By undergoing this therapy, addicts understand and learn to control their reflexes, which would normally be instant reactions. Certain studies have shown that addicts and alcoholics have different brain waves from normal individuals, and bio feedback therapy can help these people retrain their brain and develop new behavior patterns that will eliminate their dependence on drugs or alcohol.