GEORGE T. PFLEGER
Neurofeedback / Biofeedback RESEARCH conducted at Cri-Help, Inc. reveals improved Residential Substance Abuse Treatment. Read about the study presented in May 2002 by the American Psychiatric Association.
For specific information on Neurofeedback (data or scientific) contact Don Theodore at (818) 985-8323 or email:
HOW NEUROFEEDBACK WORKSNeurofeedback is a learning strategy that enables persons to alter their brain waves. When information about a person's own brain wave characteristics is made available to him, he can learn to change them.You can think of it as exercise for the brain.
Neurofeedback has proven to be useful in the treatment of many chemical dependency-related problems, and has proven effective in addressing attentional problems, anxiety, depression and sleep related disorders.
Its application in addiction treatment has been tested and utilized as a voluntary part of treatment at Cri-Help for many years.
We are proud to have conducted a study in which 72% of participants incorporating neurofeedback in treatment remained drug free for a full year, in contrast to 32% of those whose treatment did not involve the intervention*. In general, for between 50-80% of those who try it, neurofeedback enhances their alpha and theta rhythms and instills that sense of well-being they longed for in their drug-using careers. It also sheds insight into psychological blocks and resolves unconscious conflicts.
The 12-step portion of treatment teaches them on an ongoing basis, how to live life in such a way that they don’t have to accumulate more baggage.
Neurofeedback appears to increase individuals’ openness to ongoing 12-step maintenance and recovery. When addicts increase alpha and theta, they experience the benefits of longer sobriety in a shorter period of time.
The brain is amazingly adaptable, and capable of learning. It can also learn to improve its own performance, if only it is given cues about what to change. By making information available to the brain about how it is functioning, and asking it to make adjustments, it can do so. When the mature brain is doing a good job of regulating itself, and the person is alert and attentive, the brain waves (EEG) show a particular pattern. We challenge the person to maintain this "high-performance", alert and attentive state. Gradually, the brain learns, just like it learns anything else. And like with other learning, the brain tends to retain the new skill.
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For specific information on Neurofeedback (data or scientific) contact Don Theodore at (818) 985-8323 or email: DonT@cri-help.org
Read this interesting study in which Cri-Help is a big part of.
Cri-Help Biofeedback Study.