Neurotherapy for Addiction
What is Neurotherapy?
Neurotherapy combines brain mapping technology and gentle neurofeedback stimulation to assess and treat the issues that keep you trapped in addiction.
With electrodes on the scalp, brain mapping technology measures activity in specific parts of the brain to identify areas where brainwaves become “stuck” when making the decision to drink or use drugs. It identifies any issues with brain processes that need to be addressed with treatment and helps scientifically track your progress. Brain mapping also detects and validates underlying mental health disorders like depression, anxiety and trauma.
You’re shown the ebb and flow of your brain activity and attempt to change the activity level. Some frequencies you want to promote. Others you aim to diminish. You’re effectively playing a game with your brain. Eventually, the brainwave activity is shaped toward more desirable and regulated performance. The frequencies and locations of the brain targeted are specific to addiction and the needs of each person based on the initial brain mapping.
Addiction causes malfunctioning of the brain’s reward system. Drugs and alcohol take control of these pathways and reinforce addictive behavior, which is why people struggle to stop for good. Neurofeedback therapy uses positive reinforcement to reteach and redirect the mind back to its natural, healthy way of functioning. Sessions balance your brain chemistry, stabilize your mood and trigger your brain to heal itself. The positive effects are long-lasting.
Neurotherapy helps you feel better faster and works when other treatments haven’t.
Chronic drug or alcohol use drastically alters alpha, theta and beta brainwaves. Identifying and normalizing these brainwaves reduces symptoms and directly helps treat addiction. Underlying brain issues like depression, anxiety and PTSD are also able to be quickly identified and treated with neurofeedback therapy.
If you haven’t been able to stay sober in the past, neurotherapy could be the answer to identifying and treating the issues that were holding you back. Without any side effects or downside, the sessions correct negative thought patterns that lead to relapse.
Sal Raichbach, PsyDChief of Clinical Compliance
This groundbreaking new approach gives us a deeper view of the thoughts and behaviors behind addiction that pushes past any denial or suppression. It’s personalized, efficient care that really works.
Lisa Cicetti PsyD, LMHCNeurotherapist
Addiction is a chronic brain disease, so naturally, treatment needs to address the brain directly. With neurotherapy, we get a head start diagnosing the issues and are able to treat them with a new, proactive level of precision.
The short answer, yes.
Your brain is made up of billions of neurons that are constantly firing together in different patterns or “waves.” Brainwaves have different strengths and speeds that are associated with specific cognitive and emotional processes. That means, if you learn how to increase or decrease the strength or speed of certain brain waves, you control how your brain processes and reacts to different sensations and events.
Plus, the initial brain map helps your therapist formulate a personalized, science-based treatment plan for you — including reassessing any diagnoses you’ve had in the past and identifying any new issues contributing to your addiction.
The results of neurofeedback are long-term. Training your brain is similar to learning a new skill; once you get comfortable performing the task, it becomes automatic. Once a balance is achieved and your brain starts functioning at a normal level, it can maintain its equilibrium.
Yes, neurotherapy is covered by insurance as part of our high standards of treatment. If you have questions about your specific policy and what it covers, give us a call.
In the first few days here, your brain activity is mapped with a qEEG machine that reads the electrical signals. A specialist puts a cap with a set of electrodes on your head. Then, you just relax while your brainwaves are measured for about 30 minutes.
Within a week, you’ll review your results and begin neruofeedback therapy sessions. Ordinarily, you can’t inﬂuence your brainwave patterns. But, when you see your brainwaves on a computer screen in real time and with the help of therapist-guided, low-voltage electrical pulses, you have the ability to gradually inﬂuence and change the specific areas that need help. Don’t worry, the process is completely painless and non-invasive.
Before you leave, your brain is scanned again to compare the results to your initial mapping. This allows you to track improvement and shows you areas to continue to focus on once you leave.
Neurotherapy gave new hope to a life that was quickly spiraling out of control. After only a few sessions, I was already seeing results in my anxiety and sleep. By the end of treatment, I was amazed by the incredible transformation. I couldn’t be more thankful!- Christy T.
Neurofeedback therapy helped me overcome the anxiety and depression behind my addiction. I now feel in control of my emotions. I feel balanced. The positive changes are nothing short of phenomenal. It was the missing piece of my 8 previous attempts at rehab.
I was diagnosed with bipolar years ago, but I always had to fight myself to take my medicine because I thought it was going to make me crazy. Eventually, I would stop taking it and the cycle just continued. The combination of neurofeedback and regular therapy brought me back to life. Every time I walked out of a session I felt re-centered, like a completely new person.- Jacob F.
The first brain scan confirmed I had anxiety, which was nice to finally have a diagnosis. But, what was amazing was that I could fix the issues at the source. Unlike regular therapy, this was peaceful and easy. While I was relaxing, I could still feel that I was making serious progress.- Gabby P.