State-of-the-Art, Drug-Free Mental Health Therapy
Light and sound neurotherapy (LSN) is one of many cutting-edge treatment therapies that Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches' facilities offer. It’s a safe and completely drug-free approach, most commonly used in the treatment of trauma, and involves a combination of light and sound to produce a favorable response from the brain. Numerous studies have also revealed the effectiveness of light sound neurotherapy in the treatment of depression disorders.
The process strengthens desired brainwave response patterns by taking advantage of the brain’s natural tendency to synchronize with pleasant rhythmic stimulation.
Extensively Researched, Conclusively Demonstrated
Before adopting light sound neurotherapy into patients’ treatment plans, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches' team of research professionals conducted their own clinical assessment of its validity and effectiveness. The study was administered to patients with two simultaneous disorders, 11 of whom were given light sound neurotherapy.
After a series of different stimulation exercises, light sound neurotherapy recipients reported the following results:
- 9 out of 11 reported improved sleep quality and duration
- 6 out of 11 reported pleasant dissociative experiences during their sessions (e.g., sense of floating)
- 6 out of 11 reported increased focus and concentration following the sessions
- 6 out of 11 exhibited decreased anxiety symptoms
- 6 out of 11 exhibited increased patience and reported being less irritable with others following the sessions
- 5 out of 11 reported repressed memory recall during the session; 3 pleasant childhood memories, 2 involving childhood abuse
- 4 out of 11 reported decreased or the disappearance of pain following the sessions
- 2 out of 11 reported dramatic improvement or disappearance of facial tics as told to clients by peers
The study demonstrated overall favorable outcomes in the LSN group compared to the control group who received standard treatment. Administrators of the study also reported that their patients consistently felt a sense of calmness after their LSN sessions.
Light and Sound Neurotherapy (LSN) Treatment Intervention:
In order to give a better idea of what activities and benefits patients in this treatment generally experience, we have provided more details about the study that we conducted.
Like our patients often do, subjects listened to coaching CDs during their sessions. These CDs combined positive affirmations and guided visualizations with psychological education. The four CD titles were:
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Deep Relaxation
- Step 1: Acceptance of Powerlessness
As seen in figure 1, the control group who did not receive LSN treatment but still received BHOPB’s standard treatment services decreased their ratings of depression and hopelessness by an average of approximately 50% and improving their self-esteem scores by 25%.
These findings confirm the significant improvement clients on average make during their participation in BHOPB’s program.
As shown in figure 2, the group who did receive LSN treatment ("NeuroAdvantage Group") made even greater improvement than the control group. On average, this group’s depression and hopelessness scores decreased by 75% while their self-esteem scores increased by 80%.
Figure 3 represents the percent of the LSN and control group subjects who "greatly improved" as indicated by a 50% or more decrease in depression and a 100% or more improvement in self-esteem.
Overall, more subjects from the group that received LSN more often greatly improved than the other group. This finding suggests that by adding neurotherapy groups to its treatment services, BHOPB significantly increases the likelihood that every client makes substantial improvement while participating in their program.
Figure 4 presents the LSN group subjects’ rating on a five-point scale of the helpfulness of their neurotherapy group experience compared to other BHOPB treatments (0 = One of the Least Helpful; 2 = About Average; and 4 = One of the Most Helpful).
Since the purple bar nearly reaches "4," this indicates that many subjects feel that LSN was one of their most beneficial experiences during treatment.Overall, this study from our dedicated team of researchers shows that LSN treatment benefits a large amount of patients that undergo LSN. It's why so many of our patients looking for relief and a sense of stability enroll in this innovative and drug-free treatment option.
Which Patients Will Benefit from LSN?
We determine patients’ eligibility for light sound neurotherapy occurs during their initial intake and psychological assessment. LSN is then administered after the detoxification phase of treatment as part of a specially designed recovery program. Trauma, depression and anxiety patients with two simultaneous disorders are generally the best candidates for the therapy.