Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that measures brain activity in real-time and provides feedback to the user through visual or auditory cues. This feedback allows the user to gain insight into their own brain activity and make conscious changes to it. In recent years, neurofeedback has been studied as a potential treatment for addiction.
One of the ways that neurofeedback may help with addiction is by helping to normalize activity in the brain’s reward system. Studies have shown that people with addiction have abnormal activity in the brain regions that are involved in the reward system, such as the prefrontal cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex. Neurofeedback can be used to train these regions to function more normally, which can help to reduce drug cravings and improve impulse control.
Another way that neurofeedback may help with addiction is by reducing stress and anxiety. Many people with addiction use drugs as a way to cope with stress and anxiety. Neurofeedback can be used to train the brain to respond more effectively to stress and anxiety, which can reduce the need to use drugs.
The current research suggests neurofeedback may be a very valuable addition to traditional addiction treatment methods such as cognitive – behavioral therapies, meditation, yoga, medication and attending support groups (such as AA).
In conclusion, neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that measures brain activity and provides feedback to the user. It is a promising treatment method for addiction as it helps to normalize activity in the brain’s reward system and reduce stress and anxiety.