Your brain has various brain wave frequencies. Each frequency is associated with different mindsets, emotions, and physical functions. In addicts and alcoholics, usage of the drug of choice often distorts normal firing of neurons that regulates which brain wave frequencies are dominant. This distortion leads to problems such as insomnia, triggers to use, depression, and anxiety. Neurofeedback is direct training of brain function, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently.
We apply electrodes to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the person, who attempts to change the activity level. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. We present this information to the person in the form of a video game. The person is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.
At Landmark, we believe in this intervention because significant evidence demonstrates that it helps reduce rates of leaving Against Medical Advice and increase rates of sobriety one year after treatment. Each patient at Landmark receives three neurofeedback sessions per week.