Many individuals who suffer from addictions and have received treatment to overcome their addictions fear the possibility of relapse. Although ABF does not treat clients who are active in addiction (because such people usually require in-patient treatment), we do provide treatment for those in recovery to reduce the incidence of relapse.
Neurofeedback can help train the brain to balance the levels of neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and norepinephrine) that have been shown to be too low or too high in those who crave substances such as alcohol or opiates. As a result of achieving a healthy balance of these transmitters, the brain can lose the craving for substances and thus prevent relapse.
A study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Therapy by Keerthy R Sunder and Jeffrey L Bohen (eISSN: 2573-2935) found that:
“Addiction patients who underwent neurofeedback training reported experiencing dysphoria when they used a substance following the treatment, indicating that the intervention may have rewired the brain’s response to substance use. Neurofeedback training may thus operate by promoting neuroplasticity, facilitating adjustments in neuronal activity that support optimum functioning. More specifically, neurofeedback has been postulated to activate astrocytic mechanisms that facilitate synaptogenesis and manage network excitability through capillary blood flow.”