What is Integrative Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback, also called EEG or brainwave biofeedback, is an intervention that involves mapping brainwave patterns and reinforcing healthy brain function in patients who struggle with the co-occurring mental health disorders which often accompany addiction. EEG has been in use for over 90 years and has a rich scientific and clinical history. At Caron, we use state-of-the-art techniques involving advanced statistical and mathematical analyses, known as Quantitative EEG (qEEG) and low resolution electromagnetic tomography (LORETA), to determine whether a patient’s recorded brainwave patterns reflect healthy or abnormal brain function.
What happens during a Neurofeedback session?
Neurofeedback Therapy Treatment Room
Neurofeedback is noninvasive and perfectly safe. During each session, an EEG cap with special electrode sensors is placed on the patient's head. These sensors are applied with a small amount of gel. From the comfort of a private room, patients watch videos that are linked to their electrical brain activity through a computer. When the patient’s brain activity reflects healthy brain function, as compared to a normative database, the video continues to play. When the pattern of electrical brain activity falls outside of this range, the video stops playing. In this way, the video serves as visual feedback of the brain activity being measured. After repeating these neurofeedback sessions over time, patients learn how to regulate their brain function and better manage their mental and emotional state.
What outcomes can be expected from Integrative Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback Therapy has been found to improve a number of clinical symptoms, including:
- Managing moods and emotions
- Processing anxiety
- Reducing levels of general distress and discomfort
- Increasing attention and the ability to focus
- Adopting new, healthy behaviors and deal with the triggers that may increase relapse risk
Who gets Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback Therapy is an exciting development in addiction therapy, but it may not be right for everyone. At Caron, Integrative Neurofeedback Therapy is part of a patient’s treatment plan only when clinically appropriate and recommended by the treatment team.
Meet the Neurofeedback team at Caron
Jonathan Harris, PhD
Corporate Director, Neurocognitive Services
Allison Steiner, B.S.
Neurofeedback Coordinator, Caron Renaissance
Neurofeedback Patient Testimonials
“I definitely feel that my stress level is so much lower than it was.”
– Pam received Neurofeedback for her anxiety.
“My mood is much more stable; being able to get to sleep, feeling calmer during the day. I don’t have the hunger to drink.”
– John received inpatient Neurofeedback therapy for his alcohol addiction
“It made me much more comfortable and present. The most dramatic change I experienced was in the reduction of anxiety and chronic pain which helped me stay in chemical dependency treatment long enough to hear their message and get better.”
– Jon received inpatient treatment for his cocaine addiction and gambling compulsivity.