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According to many studies, Alpha-Theta neurofeedback has effectively demonstrated a high success rate with many different kinds of addiction from alcoholism to cocaine users.  Since there are different kinds of addictions, depending on the individual, there are different protocols developed accordingly.  For example, alcoholics typically have lower ‘theta’ waves than cocaine addicts who have higher ‘theta’ waves.  As in all cases of neurofeedback it is necessary to tailor the protocol to the specific addiction of the individual and the same holds true for addiction. If a client has high theta and low beta waves then a Doctor will work with them to lower the ‘theta’ waves and increase the ‘beta’ waves.  The idea is to bring the brain waves to a balanced state where the individual is less reactive to stressful stimuli and therefore less likely to relapse into drinking, illegal drug use, or any addictive state that they had before neurofeedback.  One very noteworthy fact about neurofeedback is that studies have shown that there is a lower relapse rate for groups treated with neurofeedback than groups not treated with neurofeedback.  Groups that are not treated with neurofeedback relapse about 75% and groups that are treated with neurofeedback only relapse about 25%.  That is a very significant difference between the two groups and strongly implies neurofeedback is a superior therapy for addiction than clinical psychology has to offer.

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