What is Neurofeedback & How Does it Reduce Relapse

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These are the frequency bands most closely related to these tasks. SMR – Readiness for action, listening Beta – Gun goes off and the race starts. Associated with being focused.

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Alpha – Alpha increases when the runner crosses the finish line and stops. It is a signal that gets quite large when the brain is resting or being bypassed because of an extremely anxious reaction. Theta – Theta increases when the runner becomes introspective after the race. He or she assesses performance, and integrates the lessons learned. Alternatively, theta could also become larger if the runner lost concentration during the race or spaces out.

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Delta (2-5 HZ) Delta is associated with deep sleep and internalized consciousness. It serves as a regenerative state while the runner is sleeping. Gamma (38-42 HZ) Synchronous bursts of gamma bandwidth have been found during "ah-ha" moments. Perhaps days later the runner will have a burst of gamma when he realizes for the first time how to improve his training to have a better shot at winning the next race.

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Now imagine the brain she is holding software instead.

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These explanations now applied to neurofeedback.

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These explanations now applied to neurofeedback.

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To better balance emotional and cognitive states.

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An addicted brain has its object of addiction ranked nearly as important as air, water and food. Getting sober threatens their long-term relationship with something the brain mistakes for survival. Getting sober is stressful. It means that when the brain is excessively aroused or perceives danger the thinking and reasoning part of the brain gets bypassed. In other words, people react first and ask questions later. For an addicted person this too often has severe consequences.

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Ask Case Worker if client has been becoming more negative. Are they becoming more confrontational during meals or other activities? 3. Has their behavior changed in group sessions? Are they no longer participating? Are they becoming increasingly distracted by external relationships? If the answers to these questions support indications from their brainwaves, it might warrant an appropriate intervention. These actions may prevent an AMA before it occurs.

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Ask Case Worker if client has been becoming more negative. Are they becoming more confrontational during meals or other activities? 3. Has their behavior changed in group sessions? Are they no longer participating? Are they becoming increasingly distracted by external relationships? If the answers to these questions support indications from their brainwaves, it might warrant an appropriate intervention. These actions may prevent an AMA before it occurs.

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EEG Biofeedback Improving Treatment Effectiveness

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What Are Brainwaves? Brainwaves are the sum total of millions of neurons all firing at once. The number of neurons sparking in the brain at a certain frequency (speed) convey information that defines the amplitude (or power). Brainwaves are measured in Hertz (waves per second), and have a spectrum of frequencies. Each frequency spectrum carries a different meaning about emotions, physical movement, concentration, and creative expression.

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Frequency bandwidths are part of the whole raw electroencephalograph (EEG) Low Beta (12-15 HZ), aka SMR Beta (15-32 HZ)

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Frequency bandwidths are part of the whole raw electroencephalograph (EEG) Alpha (8-12 HZ) Theta (4-8 HZ) What could I have done better?

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Frequency bandwidths are part of the whole raw electroencephalograph (EEG) Delta (2-5 HZ) Gamma (38-42 HZ)

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Delta 1-4 Hz Theta 4-8 Hz Alpha 8-12 Hz SMR 12-15 Hz Beta 15-32 Hz Brainwaves in Relation to Activity Levels

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EEG Biofeedback, a.k.a. Neurofeedback, is no different than learning how to ride a bike. If a parent explains to a child how to ride a bike that child would still not be able to ride one. The mind’s knowledge does not always translate into information for our brain. Our brain learns from experience, and we do that with the help of feedback.

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In this case, gravity is giving feedback to the brain. “Whoa, leaning too much to the right.”

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Sometimes tools can assist the learning process such as using training wheels. How does neurofeedback work as a tool to teach the brain new skills? Eventually the brain develops new neural connections, which translates into, “Look, Mom, I can do it!”

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What is EEG biofeedback? The Simplest Explanation

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What Happens During a Session?

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What Happens During a Session?

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Training Brainwave Frequencies BETA/SMR PROTOCOLS HELP: Better focus and concentration More present Improves objectivity Stabilizes mood More calm and relaxed ALPHA/THETA TRAINING ASSISTS: Less self-absorbed More open minded Less defended More connected emotionally Increase peace and serenity Have more objective observations Access and integrate repressed experiences

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How Does EEG biofeedback Apply to Addiction Recovery? UCLA Addiction Study (n=121) demonstrated that EEG biofeedback complements other treatment modalities to improve retention and the odds for long term sobriety to 77% from 44% The results from the UCLA Addiction Study has been replicated by other research teams Addiction Treatment Centers are also witnessing the same results that the UCLA research team concluded.

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Mechanisms of Alpha Theta Reactive Sensory Input Alpha is the idle rhythm of the cortex Less active cortex has higher amplitude alpha

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Alpha is the idle rhythm of the cortex More active cortex has lower amplitude alpha Mechanisms of Alpha Theta Calm Sensory Input

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Why Does EEG biofeedback Apply to Addiction Recovery? Threats of ongoing recovery to an addicted brain triggers a defensive survival response. EEG biofeedback trains the brain to avoid this reactive state. This causes the brain to better integrate the treatment process.

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Using Neurofeedback as an AMA early warning detection method If the client’s Alpha brainwave, 8-11Hz, increases during 3 consecutive Alpha Theta sessions, it can be time to do a little investigating...

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Replicate Research Results in Treatment Environment UCLA Addiction Study Results Treatment Center Results

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For More Information: For a copy of the UCLA Study: Addiction-Study.com For a copy of AZ Together Article: Addiction-Article.com For more info on EEG Biofeedback: EEGbiofeedback.com To experience EEG Biofeedback: Neurotherapist.com For a Rehab Directory: Addiction-Facilities.com

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Just as you always remember how to ride a bike… improvements made with neurofeedback you usually keep. Are the gains permanent?

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