Hi, my name is Dr. Allison Hopkins, I’m the clinical director at Channel Islands Rehab. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about biofeedback. Biofeedback therapy helps addicted individuals learn to control their thoughts and reactions in stressful situations; which can trigger a relapse or other harmful behavior related to substance abuse. Biofeedback therapy is especially useful when combined with other research-based treatment methods in addiction treatment. Biofeedback is a therapeutic technique which helps individuals learn to control various involuntary physiological functions, so they can feel more balanced in control and capable of restoring personal health and wellness You are able to see right then and there, how your thoughts influence your behavior? Stress is a trigger to substance use. Biofeedback, is a beneficial, to helping manage stress, by learning ways To manage this stress that you experience each day. Biofeedback guides a person through stress relieving techniques, to accomplish the management of stress. Being able to see how one is and can be in control and manage stress leads to greater skill development in recovery. Understanding a biofeedback session, is a progressive therapy, so each session builds upon the last; strengthening a person’s skills at regulating and controlling the body’s stress response. Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback used extensively to treat substance use disorders. Prolonged substance use can change the way the brain functions Neurofeedback helps a person regain control over their brain to create a more balanced mental state. Neurofeedback is a therapeutic method designed to train the mind and body to act in a more optimal way in order to improve emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral experiences. Biofeedback therapy is useful as a tool for treating addiction because it also benefits numerous co-occurring disorders, which accompany addiction such as: anxiety, ADHD, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder? For this reason it can be useful in the compliment of dual diagnosis treatment programs. This method helps calm and quiet the mind to make better choices.