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Bio Bed Therapy

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Providing Maximum Comfort in Rehab

Our long-standing addiction care philosophy at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is to treat the whole patient, not just his or her addictions. Remaining in-line with our core recovery beliefs, we offer Bio Bed therapy during the detox phase of treatment as a universal course of care in our facilities. Bio Beds help addiction recovery patients achieve comfort, mental relaxation, pain relief and restful sleep while they work to overcome withdrawal symptoms.

When addicts enter treatment, their biggest fear is often the inevitable mental distress and physical pain and discomfort associated with detox and withdrawal. This fear alone prevents many addicts from even entering treatment. Since our primary mission is to help our patients overcome their addictions, we realize that it is crucial to provide them with maximum comfort during what could be considered the most important and difficult stage of rehab.

Bio Beds combine the healing properties of magnets and amethyst crystals to facilitate treatment for several conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inflammation
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Sleep Difficulty

Biosound Healing System

The Biosound platform combines Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) with auditory/visual presentations that incorporate a number of different interventions, including binaural beats and low frequency sine tones, guided imagery, solfeggio frequencies, music therapy, and Chakra balancing.

Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) is a form of biofeedback in which participants are trained to slow their heart rate and breathing. Heart rate variability (HRV) measures the time between beats so higher HRV means slower heart beats.

Baroreflex regulates homeostasis between heart rate and blood pressure. It is connected to the amygdala, which may explain why HRVB has been shown to reduce psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression.

Deep, diaphragmatic breathing may be triggering the vagal afferent pathway which affects brain areas involved in affect regulation and mood, which may also contribute to reduction of psychological symptoms

Research supports the use of Heart-Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) to address:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD symptoms
  • Sleep problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Asthma and COPD


Most studies show that a combination of HRVB and therapeutic interventions such as CBT or ACT has the greatest efficacy.

HRVB for Substance Use/Crisis intervention:
Even a single session on the Biobed may help patients to re-assess their decision to leave AMA by reducing cravings and increasing their capacity for decision making and impulse control. Research supports the use of this biofeedback for both immediate results and for lasting change in cravings and anxiety levels:

HRV predicts alcohol cravings in SUD outpatient patients.

  • Lower HRV is associated with more cravings, less ability to resist cravings, poor impulse control, and poor decision making—all factors that lead to patients leaving AMA
  • This may be due to role prefrontal cortex plays in both self-regulation and autonomic cardiac control.
  • Conversely, studies have shown a link between higher HRV and improved executive functioning and cognitive performance. Executive functioning relates to planning, goal-setting, impulse control, and inhibition.
  • Single sessions of HRVB have been shown to reduce stress response and increase “relaxed alertness” when completing difficult tasks even following a rest period.
  • The implementation of brief HRVB treatment in inpatient SUD settings has been shown to reduce cravings and anxiety. These changes were maintained at 3 and 6 week follow-up.

A Proven Healing Aid in Addiction Recovery

We have successfully employed Bio Bed therapy in all of our addiction recovery facilities and have enjoyed resounding results. This alternative medical modality has helped patients feel more motivated during treatment, translating to improved results following detox.

Although the use of magnet and crystal therapy is relatively new to the addiction recovery industry, the healing benefits of both have been heralded for thousands of years. The word “amethyst” is derived from the Greek word “amethustos,” which means “not intoxicated.” For centuries, the amethyst was exalted for its ability to prevent drunkenness and overindulgence. It is often referred to as the “sobriety stone.”

Magnet therapy works on the ancient assumption that all living things have a life force that can be influenced using magnetism. This therapy manipulates the body’s natural electromagnetic field to promote greater overall health.

One of Many Addiction Recovery Strategies

A complete recovery is impossible without an addict making it through detox. Bio Bed therapy directly impacts a patient’s ability to successfully finish detox and move forward with his or her treatment. This is just one of the many techniques we employ to ensure that our patients find the path to recovery and sobriety.

Don’t let fear of detox deter you or a loved one from receiving desperately needed addiction recovery. Our goal is to put our patients in the best possible position to succeed. Allow us to help you or someone you care for overcome addiction and regain control of your life.

 

References

 

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