Brainwave Biofeedback

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.


Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) (
BCIA certifies practitioners in both biofeedback and neurofeedback. Their site provides an updated register of certified practitioners. A Practitioner Search can be done by first and/or last name of the practitioner, city, state, or zip code. The letters BCIA after a name means the practitioner is certified in General Biofeedback. The letters EEG after a name means the practitioner is certified in EEG Biofeedback (or Neurofeedback). In addition information is given on questions you might ask a practitioner before scheduling a session.

EEG Spectrum International (
This site provides a good introduction to neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) including its applications to various health conditions. In the "Finding a Provider" section of the site you can locate by state a therapist or practitioner who has been trained in neurofeedback at the EEG Spectrum Institute.

Cri-Help (
Offers a wide range of therapeutic services including neurofeedback and acupuncture. See our Residential Treatment section for information on this Center.

Healthcare Connection of Tampa (
Specializes in the treatment of impaired professionals. Their program is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, behavioral modification and other psychotherapeutic approaches, and innovative techniques such as neurofeedback and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

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.