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What is Substance Dependence?

Substance abuse is characterized by a need for more and more substance in order to achieve the desired high. This is called tolerance.

Substance abuse is generally characterized by withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are usually the opposite of those associated with being high and are typical of the substance being abused.

Other symptoms of substance abuse may include unsuccessful attempts at cutting down or stopping use, spending a lot of time doing things to get the substance or time using the substance.

In addition, the person tends to give up social, work-related, and recreational activities that had been important to them. There is continued use despite the evidence that bad things are happening due to the substance use. Many people, besides the substance abuser, suffer as a consequence of substance abuse – spouses, children, employers and so on.

Neurofeedback Research Findings
An excess of brainwaves associated with anxiety or obsessing has been used to predict relapse (Bauer, 2001).
Increasing brainwaves associated with relaxation generally decreases brainwaves associated with relapse.
Use of neurofeedback in alcoholics is associated with the following findings:
(1) 80% rate of abstinence in some studies (Peniston & Kulkosky, 1989);
(2) a decrease in depression and anxiety scores on self-report questionnaires (Peniston & Kulkowsky, 1990, 1995; Saxby & Peniston, 1995);
(3) increased conscientiousness and self-control (Peniston & Kulkowsky, 1990).
Typical Responses to Neurofeedback
Easier withdrawal
Greater stress tolerance and less anxiety
Increased ability to meditate
Increased empathy

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