Neurofeedback Therapy For Addiction Treatment

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic modality that is based on feedback from a patient’s neural activity provided by electroencephalogram (EEG) technology. The biofeedback obtained from EEG programs includes data and metrics such as the patient’s brainwave activity in order to recognize and regulate their mental activity. For this reason, neurofeedback therapy is also called EEG Biofeedback therapy.

How Does Neurofeedback Therapy Work?

Neurofeedback therapy is a non-invasive procedure that reads the electrical activity of the brain, and reveals abnormal patterns in activity so that a therapist can help the patient change the negative thought pattern into a healthy one. There is no medication or surgery involved in neurofeedback therapy, so it is safe and non-invasive.

In a neurofeedback therapy session, electrodes are attached to the patient’s scalp which are used to transmit their brain activity to the EEG program. The EEG program uses audio and visual signals provided to the patient in order to read their brain activity. Based on the EEG map created by the patient’s brainwave data, they will receive immediate feedback from the program to change the pattern of the brainwaves, leading to improved mood, enhanced energy, and better sleep patterns.

Neurofeedback therapy is used in addition to talk therapy to support a patient’s mental health treatment.

What Is Neurofeedback Therapy Used To Treat?

Neurofeedback therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment mechanism in a variety of conditions such as:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Behavior DisordersCognitive Disorders
Brain injuriesSeizures
Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
Co-occurring Disorders

Why Is Neurofeedback Therapy Effective In Addiction Treatment?

For patients who suffer from addictive behaviors or substance use disorders, neurofeedback technology provides an effective mechanism to retrain their brain activity to a healthy condition. EEG biofeedback can be a useful technology that provides the data of a patient’s brainwave activity by creating an EEG map of the brain’s activity patterns. A therapist who is experienced in neurofeedback therapy can read the EEG map to locate areas of the brain where the brain activity is abnormal, and then repair those areas using immediate EEG biofeedback.

Studies have shown that neurofeedback therapy can help reduce the symptoms of addiction, reduce relapses, and improve abstinence, by helping the brain activity become more stable. EEG activity and improvements in brain activity can directly be shared with the patient, encouraging them to stay in recovery and continue to retrain their brains back to a healthy condition.

What Are The Different Types Of Neurofeedback Therapy?

Neurofeedback therapy uses a patient’s various brainwave frequencies to monitor and regulate different types of brain functions such as attention, cognition, mood and behavior. Low frequencies such as alpha waves or theta waves are used to increase focus and attention. High frequencies such as beta waves are used to increase the brain’s organizational functions and motor functions.

Types of Neurofeedback therapy:

Is Neurofeedback Therapy Right For You?

Many doctors, scientists and therapists are finding that neurofeedback provides important data that can be very helpful in treating various mental health conditions as well as addiction issues. Studies have shown that neurofeedback therapy administered in addition to other therapy modalities is effective in monitoring and regulating brain activity overtime leading to improved mental health. It can also help patients better understand their behavioral patterns which can motivate them to improve their mental condition. 

If you or your loved one is suffering from addiction or a co-occurring disorder such as depression, anxiety and trauma neurofeedback therapy can be a valuable tool to provide healing such issues. While neurofeedback is not a replacement for therapy, it can be a supportive mechanism to other traditional therapeutic approaches.


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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.