People who suffer from alcoholism do so for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, there is a genetic predisposition to alcoholism. Other times, a person addicted to alcohol self-medicates depression with the false confidence alcohol provides. Often, people who struggle with alcoholism have a difficult time relaxing and turning off anxious thoughts or worries. Recent research suggests that for these victims, brain wave therapy can positively affect a self-destructive impulse to drink.
Alpha Brain Waves
Many people struggling with alcohol addiction who also suffer from persistent anxiety have been found to have low alpha brainwave activity. In addition, people who self-medicate with alcohol also tend to have low sensory motor responses. Because alcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant by forcing the brain to relax, people who suffer from anxiety and low alpha and SMR brainwave activity are more likely to feel relief after drinking. Alcohol allows them to stop thinking and simply enjoy life — but unfortunately, with devastating consequences.
Sound therapy that encourages the brain to produce more alpha and SMR brainwaves has been shown to enhance relaxation, possibly affecting recovery. Binaural beat soundwaves passed through headphones balance the brain’s activity, encourage deep relaxation and improve suggestibility.
If you turn to alcohol as a means to stop racing thoughts and relax — and the consequences of this behavior have steadily grown worse — it is time to get help. At Clarity Way, we offer 12 step alternatives that will help ease your mind and improve your wellness with medically monitored detox and many of today’s most progressive and successful mental health therapies. With binaural beat therapy, you will be able to relax without alcohol and embrace the habits that are part of sober and satisfying lifestyles. We also provide a comprehensive Aftercare program, so we can remain a part of your life-lasting recovery and help you on your path to a complete recovery from alcoholism and anxiety.
Posted on November 5th, 2013 in Blog