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Your brain is composed of billions of neurons that communicate to each other through electrical signals. Your brain is always on and transmitting signals. There is technology that can actually measure these signals. This includes EEG (Electroencephalogram) devices.
The electrical activity found in your brain is often referred to as a brainwave because it moves in cyclical wave-like pattern. While examine brainwaves, scientists view the electrical activity changing depending on what a person is doing.
People who have addictions produce many brainwave patterns with too many fast brainwaves and too few slow ones, or the opposite, too many that are slow and too few that are fast. Those who have too many fast brainwaves often have trouble quieting their mind and often turn to drugs or drinking as a way to slow down thier brain wave and calm themselves. This is also the reason why people who have an addiction to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes also struggle with anxiety. Those with to many low brainwaves make the addict have a hard time focusing, resulting in a need for stimulants. Many addicts also struggle with ADD/ADHD.
Brainwave patterns vary greatly. When you are asleep you have a very different brainwave pattern then whan you are awake.
People become addicted to substances, habits and behaviors in an effort to stabilize or normalize brainwave patterns. People that have addictions are lacking certain brainwave activity. The activity mostly lacking is in the alpha band. And this “lacking” gets worse over time as they continue to feed thier addiction. Those who lack alpha brainwave activity have difficulty realaxing without thier drug of choice or become overly anxious without thier fix. Beginning in the 1980s, research conducted on alcoholics through brainwave entrainment revealed a 55% decrease in consumption after only one session. In another study, 80% of addicted indiviudals became “non-craving” even normalizing neurochemistry in the brain! The participants were measured 13 months after the brainwave sessions and the alpha-theta waves produced was long lasting. They even showed a great change in behavior when the were checked up on 3 years later. According to the research, they became more confident, bolder, less impulsive and less depressed. Peniston, E. G., & Kulkosky, P. J. (1990). Alcoholic personality and alpha-theta brainwave training. Medical Psychotherapy, 3, 37-55.
Part of the reason why addiction remains very difficult for some to overcome is because it isn’t just psychological, but also biological. Brainwave Entrainment is a way of stimulating the brain and training it to enter into a specific brainwave pattern through certain frequencies presented to the listener.
But before you get started you must know that the use of these brainwave entrainment tools is primary for self-improvement and experiementation. It is not intended to replace psychological or medical treatment. Additionally, those who have certain conditions should not use these brainwave entrainment tools:
Women who are pregnant
Those who are prone to siezures
Those who hare a pacemaker
Those who are currently on mood altering drugs or alcohol.
NEVER listen to any brainwave entrainment while driving or operating machinery.
After reviewing 20 peer reviewed studies on the effects of Brainwave Entrainment, researchers found that brainwave entrainment is an “effective therapeutic tool” which included cognitive functioning problems, stress, pain and improved behavior.A Comprehensive Review of the Psychological Effects of Brainwave Entrainment”, Tina L Huang, PHD, and Christine Charyton, PHD.
Ibric, Victoria L. , MD, PhD. “Neurofeedback in major depression associated to addictions – a case study.” Journal Of NeuroTherapy