Addiction takes many forms. Common forms of addiction can include, but are not limited to prescription drug abuse, exercise addiction, food addiction, sexual addiction, computer addiction and gambling. When persons are addicted to a substance, such as a drug, alcohol or nicotine, they are not able to control the use of that substance. They continue taking it, even though they know it causes them harm.
Substance abuse and/or dependence creates powerful cravings. The person may want to quit, but finds it extremely difficult to do so without help. In many cases, at least one serious attempt has been made to stop, but unsuccessfully.
Therapy is an essential part of drug abuse treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychotherapy, family counseling, and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from addiction stay clean. For the family and loved ones involved with addicted clients, there is the issue of codependency that must be dealt with.
Dr. Lippmann is available at New Hope For The Brain to provide the counseling and support necessary for both clients and family to confront addictive behavior and the triggers that drive it.
The EEG has been used to assist in the diagnosis of addiction since the 1989 findings of Eugene Peniston, who found the biological underpinnings of addictive behavior in the lack of alpha frequency activity in the back of the brain (occipital and parietal lobes).
In 1996, Kenneth Blum, Ph.D., MD, discovered the genes for addiction and explained the mechanism in his paper, Reward Deficiency Syndrome. He describes the lack of endorphin receptors in the brain as the biological basis for the lack of alpha activity. Individuals with this finding in their EEG are said to have an addictive brain disorder that is responsible for a biological desire to repeat the addictive behaviors. When EEG biofeedback is used to enhance alpha production in the brain, the desire is significantly reduced and treatment to control the addictive behavior is much more successful (less than 20% recidivism after four years).
Not everyone who has addictive behaviors has this brain wave pattern. A comprehensive brain wave evaluation will determine whether your brain has the pattern of an addiction disorder. If so, Neurofeedback training to enhance alpha activity in the occipital and parietal lobes of your brain will reduce the craving and assist with addiction recovery.