Blue Tiger Recovery uses Biofeedback and Neurofeedback tools to assist addicts in coping with cravings and impulsivity helping to reduce relapse incidents.
Many addicts who relapse truly want to stay sober.
In fact, many chronic addicts suffer severe physical, social, employment, and financial consequences when they relapse and experience severe shame. Still, many addicts continues to try to maintain continuous sobriety yet they fail. One of the many common denominators in chronic addiction is severe cravings and impulsivity to act on cravings – which renders the addict unable to battle these overpowering cravings.
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are tools used to develop coping mechanisms for cravings and impulsive behaviors.
The following are two major components of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Blue Tiger Recovery uses to treat addicts and help prevent relapse incidents:
- Teach the addict the subtle physical and mental cues that indicate the possibility that a craving is going to occur, and
- Teach the addict how to self-regulate during a craving enabling them to move through the craving WITHOUT ‘using’.
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback detects and teaches the addict subtle body cues which might indicate that a craving is going to occur. Such cues might include: increased temperature, racking thoughts, tightening of certain muscles, changes in breathing, loss of appetite, clenching jaw, inability to focus, loss of interest and drastic change in mood (positive or negative).
Once awareness of cues is achieved, the addict will be able to employ techniques such as:
- Practicing distraction techniques,
- Practicing automatic responses to self-talk,
- Practicing a planned solution to boredom,
- Keeping coping tools and reminders present at all times,
- Practicing awareness arousal control,
- Practicing mental rehearsing using imagery techniques.
Blue Tiger Recovery teaches addicts how to cope when intense cravings occur.
In many cases, cravings are intense, debilitating and often create a visceral body response which leaves the addict with no other perceived choice, but to act impulsively to get high. To combat this, Neurofeedback is used to teach self-regulation of brain function. Brain activity is measured with measurements displayed using video display or sound. Here, the addict is exposed to sounds and pictures – which stimulate cravings. The addict is closely monitored and coached through imagery how to self-regulate when their brain is in the middle of a craving. Here, the addict learns which techniques can be employed during a craving to stop it in its tracks or at least shorten the duration of the craving.
Blue Tiger Recovery will use Biofeedback and Neurofeedback as a relapse prevention technique for clients who indicate severe impulsivity and to reduce and hopefully prevent chronic relapse behavior.
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