Greg was doing “everything right” when he relapsed again – attending AA meetings six or seven times a week, speaking with his sponsor every day, reading the Big Book, and doing his best at prayer and meditation. After three 28-30 day in-patient programs in less than two years, he couldn’t understand why he downed yet another bottle of vodka.
Now he’s found the explanation for his relapses: His brain is “like the world’s largest convention center, with committee meetings in every room; when I can’t silence the committees, I just blow-up the whole damn building.”
Recently Greg was able to see “in real time” what was happening in his brain. “Parts of his brain had so much activity that they looked like a combination of the Super Bowl and the last game of the World Series combined,” reported Geoff Cole of Brain Training Centers of Florida.
In-patient treatment, working the Twelve Steps and actively participating in AA had given Greg valuable tools, “but they didn’t allow him to quiet his own brain,” said Cole. “It was the committee meetings that were driving him to drink.”
By performing a 16-point electroencephalogram (EEG) assessment of Greg’s brain using computer programs and equipment developed by Brain State Technologies of Scottsdale, Arizona, Cole was able to pinpoint specific areas that were “just out of control. There was no way that Greg could will them to be quiet. The only way he could achieve some internal relief was to ‘blow up the building’ – to drink until his brain would just collapse for a while.
Brain Training Centers (BTC) uses highly sophisticated EEGs to provide real time neuro-biofeedback, designed to help the brain establish balance – homeostasis – among all of the areas of the brain. Cole uses the image of a rubber glove in which different areas are over- or under-inflated. “We’re attempting to encourage the brain to move the energy around and balance itself.” The BTC computers design personalized and very specific sound programs. When the brain receives these sounds – energy signals – as the client sits quietly in a comfortable chair, the brain attempts to mirror or mimic what it hears – affecting a change in energy levels in targeted areas.
“Although this extremely sophisticated process is only a few years old, they’ve been having almost miraculous results serving people with a wide range of issues, including addiction,” notes Cole. “Many people, especially those who can’t quiet the committee meetings in their heads, seem to develop addictions in their attempts to self-medicate. By restoring balance and quieting overactive areas of the brain, we’re able to give them a powerful recovery tool and jump-start their efforts. What’s nice is that the changes in the brain tend to be permanent. Clients can take real and long lasting advantage of in-patient or outpatient treatment and 12-Step programs.”
An initial 10-session BTC “Intensive Training” can be accomplished in five days, without radically disrupting a client’s life, and at a fraction of the cost of traditional 28-day or outpatient programs.
[tags]neruo-biofeedback, addiction, addiction therapy[/tags]