Addiction & Recovery

Combined with a medical detox, Neurofeedback reduces relapse by up to 60%.  

Relief from addictive obsession:

Teaching the brain to self-regulate 

Essentially, the brain can potentially heal its dysregulation and dysfunction by being brought into a healthy state. For illumination purposes, consider the work of Dr. Siegfried Othmer of the EEG Institute; he is also the director of the nonprofit Homecoming for Veterans. Dr. Othmer believes that conditions such as PTSD require physiological – and not only psychological – treatment to be healed. For Dr. Othmer, neurofeedback trains the brain into a healthy state in a way that talk therapy alone cannot do. According to Dr. Othmer, the brain wants to be in an optimal state, and from that place, it can properly support a person’s healthy survival.


Through neurofeedback, individuals can be trained to steer their brains back to this place. The more time the brain spends in this healthier space, the stronger it gets, and the more likely it is that the person will operate from there on a day-to-day basis. Neurofeedback is a drug free, non- invasive therapy that:

  • reduces the compulsion to binge

  • slows down impulsivity

  • blood pressure regulation

  • less expensive than legal & medical problems resulting from relapse

  • improves sleep 

  • elevates mood

Studies on Addiction Recovery Successes 

The Peniston/Kulkosky protocol was employed in private group practice in the treatment of fourteen depressed alcoholic outpatients (8 males and 6 females) (Peniston & Saxby, 1995). After training, subjects showed significant improvement on BDI scores. At 21 months after PKBWNT training, only one subject was observed to relapse.


Other clinical studies using the alpha-theta brainwave neurofeedback therapy (Bodenhamer-Davis & deBeus, 1995; Blankenship, 1996; Peniston & Kulkosky, 1990; Peniston et al., 1993; Saxby & Peniston, 1995; Sealy et al., 1991; Sullivan, 1993; White, 1993, 1995) provide promising evidence for the effectiveness of the alpha-theta brainwave therapeutic protocol in: a) changing EEG scores and self-assessed depression; b) stabilizing serum beta-endorphin levels and; c) producing long-term prevention of alcohol relapse.

At this time insurance is not guaranteed, but in some cases a superbill can be provided to you. Payment is required before services are rendered.

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