Neurofeedback is an innovative type of therapy that involves measuring brain activity and providing feedback to a person in real-time in order to teach them to regulate their brain function. There is evidence to suggest that neurofeedback can be a helpful tool in the treatment of substance abuse.
Studies have shown that neurofeedback can be effective in reducing cravings for drugs and alcohol and improving cognitive and emotional functioning in people with substance use disorders. Neurofeedback can also help individuals improve their ability to manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional states that often contribute to substance abuse.
- A 2014 systematic review and meta-analysis of neurofeedback for substance abuse found that neurofeedback was effective in reducing substance use and improving other clinical outcomes, such as anxiety and depression. The review examined 22 studies with a total of 602 participants.
- A more recent study published in 2019 in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that neurofeedback was effective in reducing cravings and improving cognitive control in individuals with cocaine use disorder.
- Other studies have also found promising results for the use of neurofeedback as a treatment for alcoholism, opioid use disorder, and other types of substance abuse.
While neurofeedback can be a useful tool in the treatment of substance abuse, it is typically used in conjunction with other evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication-assisted treatment. It is important to work with a qualified Neurofeedback provider who can help you determine whether neurofeedback is an appropriate treatment option for your individual needs. Contact us today at (772) 584-3083 for more information.