Brain wave biofeedback (or neurofeedback) is a therapy in which patients learn to alter their brain wave patterns. In one type of neurofeedback the training involves normalization of alpha and theta waves which are disturbed by long term substance abuse. Brainwave Biofeedback has shown dramatic success in several studies to prevent relapses from drug and alcohol addiction. This very promising treatment can be more fully understood by Reading "Effects of an EEG Biofeedback Protocol on a Mixed Substance Abusing Population" and "Effects of Neurofeedback on Chemical Dependency Treatment" by Scott WC, Kaiser D, Othmer S, Sideroff SI.
BRAINWAVE BIOFEEDBACK PRACTITIONERS
Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA)
EEG Spectrum International
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTERS OFFERING BRAINWAVE BIOFEEDBACK
Healthcare Connection of Tampa
RESEARCH: Trudeau DL. The treatment of addictive disorders by brain wave biofeedback: a review and suggestions for future research. Clinical Electroencephalography. 31(1): 13-22, 2000. In small clinical trials and case studies, specific EEG aberrations in substance abuse disorders have been noted, including very specific abnormalities likely associated with drug neurotoxicity. This suggests the possibility that specific EEG biofeedback protocols may be studied for their effect on these conditions.
These EEG documented changes are further proof that addiction is an illness of the brain.