Biofeedback at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
A substance abuse disorder is a disease that affects more than just physical health. It’s an all-around condition that takes over a person’s body and mind, to the point where their addiction becomes their priority. These individuals often experience troubles in their relationships, jobs, schools, and finances. In order to successfully overcome a substance abuse disorder, comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment is needed. One technique that can help people overcome both the psychological and physical hold of addiction is our biofeedback therapy in Palm Beach.
What Is Biofeedback Therapy?
Biofeedback is a form of therapy that is centered on regulating an individual’s reactions to stress and teaches them how to regulate these reactions on their own. The body often reacts involuntarily to stress and anxiety. Bodily functions like heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and body temperature all skyrocket when an individual is under severe stress. During a biofeedback therapy session, patients are laid down on a serenity bed and connected to various sensors that monitor these psychological functions. Auditory sensory cues are then played so the individual’s heart rate can fall in line with the rhythmic pattern. While heart rate and other functions occur involuntarily, our biofeedback techniques teach them how to regulate these functions when they’re experiencing stress or anxiety. Biofeedback is an effective form of treatment for individuals who have an addiction, mental disorder, or both.
Biofeedback Therapy for Addiction
Biofeedback therapy is only one form of addiction treatment offered at our drug and alcohol treatment center in Palm Beach. We know that the addiction recovery process can be stressful and using structured, yet adaptable tools are often most effective. An addict in recovery is working on healing physically and mentally from substance abuse. The entire process can be overwhelming and highly stressful. Not only are they healing through physical withdrawals in medical detox, but they’re also fighting against addiction cravings. If left untreated, this stress can accumulate, increasing the individual’s risk of relapsing even if they’ve completed addiction treatment.
Biofeedback therapy for mental illness and addiction is one way to help an individual in recovery healthily manage stress. During biofeedback sessions, therapists supervise each patient to ensure their health, safety, and that they’re getting the most out of therapy. Each patient will develop relaxation techniques during their treatment that will help them stay on track in recovery from addiction.
Because biofeedback can be used for addiction and mental illness, it offers a variety of benefits like:
- Treating headaches
- Decreasing high blood pressure
- Improving concentration and focus
- Improving mental health
- Treating and decreasing the severity and frequency of panic attacks
- Decreasing anxiety
- Reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Controlling muscle spasms and involuntary motor movements
Untreated anxiety and stress can affect mental and physical health in the long run. Individuals who suffer greatly from anxiety and stress tend to struggle with heart health and blood pressure. Mental health also takes a toll as a result of untreated stress. Poor mental health is often a contributing factor to substance abuse, and mental health is often a result of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. Because both are interlinked, biofeedback therapy is an effective form of treatment for both conditions individually and when they occur simultaneously.
Biofeedback Therapy as Part of Individualized Treatment at BHOPB
At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we believe that the only way to achieve long-term sobriety is to address every aspect of substance abuse disorders. In order to do this, we use biofeedback alongside our addiction treatment programs in Palm Beach. During their time with us, patients will be exposed to a variety of other therapies and programs in addition to biofeedback for co-occurring disorders. These programs include proven medical therapies and treatments that are focused on both the physical and psychological impact of addiction. Our goal is to expose patients to effective programs so they can find a treatment that works for them and develop the necessary skills for long-term sobriety.
Not only do we offer addiction treatment, but we also offer a variety of mental health programs at BHOPB. When used in tandem with our addiction treatments, individuals with addictions or co-occurring disorders can successfully recover.
Losing a loved one to addiction or mental illness can be heartbreaking. If you’re battling these conditions or know someone who is, we can help. Contact us now to learn more about our mental health treatments and rehab programs at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.