At The Recovery Team, each of our programs are designed to treat the person as a whole. Restoring the mind, body and soul from the damaging effects of addiction.

Our treatment programs are tailored to each individual persons needs. Utilizing evidence based treatment practices,  holistic therapies, experiential therapies, nutritional guidance, and comprehensive aftercare planning we are able to help each person to regain control of their lives and develop the skills needed to maintain their sobriety in their daily lives.

Biofeedback Technology

At The Recovery Team we utilize a tool known as biofeedback, it is used to aid the addict in developing coping mechanisms for cravings and impulse behaviors. The way biofeedback works is it detects and teaches the addict subtle body cues that may indicate a craving is going to occur. These body ques may include but are not limited to; racing thoughts, tightened muscles, rise in body temperature, clenching jaw, loss in appetite, lack of focus, loss of interest, and changes in mood both positive and negative.

Once the addict has awareness of the body ques they will be able to begin using various techniques to help prevent relapse. The Recovery Team consists of professionals will aid the addict in developing the techniques that will work best for them, teaching them how to cope when intense cravings occur. Biofeedback is a very useful relapse prevention technique for clients with severe impulsivity, helping to reduce and prevent chronic relapse behavior.

How Biofeedback Works

Biofeedback is a recovery technique that you can use to learn how to control some of your body’s functions. During the biofeedback procedure, you’re connected to electrical sensors that help you to receive different information about our body that you otherwise may not notice. The feedback helps you to recognize subtle changes in your body that often occur when you are having a craving. Once you are able to recognize the changes in your body when a craving is about to occur or is occuring, you can them develop the skills needed to control your body and improve your overall health.

Types of Biofeedback

Depending on your individual situation, health problems and your goals, your therapist might use a variety of biofeedback methods, including:

  • Brain waves. This type of biofeedback is performed using an electroencephalograph (EEG) which is scalp sensors that monitor your brain waves.
  • During this type of biofeedback your respiratory movements are monitored using bands that are placed around your abdomen and chest. This will monitor your breathing patterns and respiration rate.
  • Heart rate. Using this type of biofeedback, a photoplethysmograph attached to the finger or earlobe the sensors detect blood volume changes. An electrocardiograph (ECG) can also be used, the sensors are placed on your chest, lower torso or wrists use to measure your heart rate and how your heart rate varies.
  • Muscle contraction. This type of biofeedback technique utilizes an electromyograph (EMG), placing sensors over your skeletal muscles, it monitors the electrical activity that causes muscle contraction.
  • Sweat gland activity. For this type of biofeedback, an electrodermograph is used. By placing sensors around your fingers or on your palm or wrist, it will measure the activity of your sweat glands and the amount of perspiration on your skin, alerting you to anxiety.
  • Using sensors attached to your fingers or feet, this type of biofeedback is able to measure blood flow to your skin. When under stress body temperature often drops, a low reading can que you to begin practicing relaxation techniques.

Relapse Prevention Techniques

Health distractions is one of the best relapse prevention techniques. This technique is used to redirect your attention from negative thoughts or a potentially dangerous situation to one that’s more neutral or has clear benefits. This can be done by removing yourself from the situation or environment that is triggering the craving, talking to someone who encourages your recovery, or taking part in a healthy activity.

When triggered you may automatically begin to have thoughts and feelings that may seem irresistible, using the technique to dispute these thoughts and feelings can help prevent relapse.By disputing these thoughts and feelings you will be asking yourself some serious questions, such as:

  • What positive action can I take in this situation?
  • What is likely to happen if I continue thinking like this?
  • What will be the consequences if I give in?
  • What resources do I have to resist these urges?

Mediation and relaxation is another great technique used in relapse prevention. Anxiety, anger and stress are the biggest emotional triggers for cravings. By learning ways to relax when you are feeling overwhelmed it will help in the prevention of cravings. This can be done through just a few minutes of quiet where you close your eyes and pay attention to your slow, rhythmic breathing. Being mindful of your feelings and bodies response will help you keep focused on where your life is going, not where it has been.

What to Expect During Biofeedback

For many the thought of being hooked up to devices with sensors and wires can be scary. Rest assured that you have nothing to fear, this procedure is generally safe.

Typically biofeedback procedures are performed by the licensed therapist who is trained in various biofeedback devices and methods. The therapist will begin by attaching electrical sensors to different parts of your body. Depending on the type of biofeedback device used, these sensors may be used to monitor your brain waves, skin temperature, muscle tension, heart rate and breathing. During the time you are wearing the sensors it will be sending feedback to you via ques, this could be changes on the monitor, beeping sounds or a flashing light. The feedback you receive will help teach you how to control your body’s reactions, your thoughts, emotions and behaviors that often lead to cravings.

On average a biofeedback session last 30 to 60 minutes. The length of time and number of sessions you will attend is determined by the severity of your addiction and how quickly you learn to control your body’s responses; physically, mentally and emotionally.

The Goal of Biofeedback

The overall goal of biofeedback is to help you to recognize the triggers and changes in your body that lead to chronic relapse. By being able to recognize the physical changes and work with a therapist to learn the skills and tools needed to maintain your sobriety you will see a great change and increase in your confidence that you will be able to move forward in your recovery.

Regardless to your success with the biofeedback technique it is important to continue with your treatment and aftercare, treating your addict at its core, and moving on to live a more fulfilling life in recovery.