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What is Brain Mapping?

Brain mapping is a harmless, non-invasive procedure that safely gauges brain function and movement. It has shown useful in wide variety of brain disorders including addiction treatment. Brain Mapping can reveal important information including:

  • Point to areas of the brain where activity is extremely high or exceptionally low.
  • Uncover brain areas that may not be communicating optimally with other regions.
  • Identify unusual brain wave patterns.
  • Help in identifying psychiatric and cognitive conditions.
  • Indicate a level of stress.
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How Does Brain Mapping Work?

The client is typically laying down while a sensor cap is placed on their scalp. Once it begins,  the sensors / software captures the electrical impulses of the brain.  This process is known as an electroencephalogram (EEG). The findings show brain wave patterns in separate parts of the brain. The entire brain mapping process takes only about 20  minutes, and the information is then translated into a visual brain map report. At this point, we analyze the brain map report and detect any trouble areas. We will discuss the results with you in meaningful, related way so we can integrate it the important information into your individualized treatment plan.

The Efficacy of Neurofeedback for Addiction 

Neurofeedback focuses on the dysregulations caused in the brain due to addiction and aims to re-educate the addict’s brain. Since traumatic incidents are a major cause of relapse among recovering addicts, neurofeedback can teach the brain to calm, relax, concentrate, and justify. Essentially, neurofeedback communicates to the patient helpful coping skills that can help preserve long-term sobriety. Through the use of brain maps, treatment professionals can identify the specific malfunctioning areas. After this, addiction specialists make use of their experience of different brain waves when designing these neurofeedback procedures. These regions are then reoriented through variable conditions characterized by under-arousal and over-arousal, or alongside connectivity.

Addiction treatment is keenly focused on coping with triggers and symptoms effectively, and neurofeedback offers a new way to help. A client can learn to be more mindful of triggers that initiate destructive behavior patterns and eventually relapse. Neurofeedback has gained a solid foundation in addiction treatment due to its non-invasive nature without the need for medication.

Neurofeedback Therapy At Simple Path Recovery

Neurofeedback therapy can help reduce relapse when combined with behavioral therapies and medication assisted treatment (MAT).  In fact, quite a few studies demonstrate that neurofeedback training appears to have the ability to reduce craving and supports relapse prevention.

Using the information from initial EEG,  the clinician develops a treatment plan using neurofeedback to target areas for improvement. The neurofeedback training sends small pulses of low-level electrical current are given to the brain where it is lacking.

Simple Path Recovery helps clients bolster areas of the brain that became abnormal by drug and alcohol abuse. Clients undergo sessions a few times a week.  At the end of treatment regimen, clients are given a new EEG to see their improvements. Many in the substance abuse field have established that intensive neurofeedback-based treatment has created a positive impact on a number of factors which contribute to drug and alcohol addiction including stress levels, depressive personality traits, PTSD, and chronic relapse.

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