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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 to recognize and regulate their mental activity. For this reason, neurofeedback therapy is also called EEG Biofeedback therapy.

Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT

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 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 is 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 DisordersCo-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 data on 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:

  • Frequency Neurofeedback (also called Surface neurofeedback)
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI)
  • Hemoencephalographic Neurofeedback (HEG-NF)
  • Live Z-score Neurofeedback
  • Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)
  • Low-Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA)
  • Slow Cortical Potential Neurofeedback (SCP-NF)

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 over time 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 for such issues. While neurofeedback is not a replacement for therapy, it can be a supportive mechanism to other traditional therapeutic approaches.

Interested in learning more about how we use neurofeedback therapy in our addiction treatment? Call us at 866-208-2390


Neurofeedback therapy, also known as EEG Biofeedback therapy, utilizes feedback from a patient’s neural activity, measured through electroencephalogram (EEG) technology. During a session, electrodes attached to the scalp transmit brain activity to an EEG program, which then provides audio and visual signals to the patient based on their brainwave data. The therapist helps the patient recognize and regulate their mental activity, aiding in changing negative thought patterns into healthier ones. This non-invasive procedure involves no medication or surgery, making it safe and non-invasive.

Neurofeedback therapy is utilized as a complementary approach alongside talk therapy to support mental health treatment. It is effective in treating a variety of conditions including PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavior disorders, cognitive disorders, brain injuries, seizures, addiction, and substance use disorders, as well as co-occurring disorders.

Neurofeedback technology helps retrain the brain activity of individuals struggling with addictive behaviors or substance use disorders. By providing immediate feedback based on EEG maps of brain activity, therapists can identify and repair abnormal brain activity patterns. Studies have shown that neurofeedback therapy can reduce addiction symptoms, lower relapse rates, and improve abstinence by stabilizing brain activity and encouraging patients to stay in recovery.

Neurofeedback therapy encompasses various techniques such as Frequency Neurofeedback, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI), Hemoencephalographic Neurofeedback (HEG-NF), Live Z-score Neurofeedback, Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS), Low-Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA), and Slow Cortical Potential Neurofeedback (SCP-NF). Each type targets different brain functions like attention, cognition, mood, and behavior.

Neurofeedback therapy, when administered alongside other therapeutic modalities, has shown effectiveness in monitoring and regulating brain activity, leading to improved mental health outcomes. It can help individuals better understand their behavioral patterns, motivating them to improve their mental condition. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or trauma, neurofeedback therapy could be a valuable tool in the healing process. While not a replacement for traditional therapy, it can serve as a supportive mechanism. For more information about how neurofeedback therapy is used in addiction treatment, please call us at 866-208-2390.

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