Ecourse to Overcome Addiction long-term (Step 3)
Change the Brain, Change Your Life
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We know that meditation is very beneficial. It helps us to exercise our decision-making part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.
In 2005, Dr Sara Lazar showed that meditators had significantly more neural density in the prefrontal cortex, the judgment and reasoning centers of the brain…
In a 2002 study found in the American journal of psychology, From Goldstien and others (et al), they found that addicted individuals actually lacked or had an under active prefrontal cortex…
This makes sense, as many addicted individuals act on impulse. So, by training your brain through meditation, research has shown you strengthen cortical thickness and overall density of the pre-frontal cortex.
Meditation allows us to relax and redirect our attention away from distracting urges, thoughts and cravings… and to ride them out.
But what is even more powerful is using brainwave entrainment audio while meditating…
Using brainwave entrainment audio has a huge impact on the effectiveness of meditation...
Brainwave entrainment really enhances the listeners ability to meditate deeply and effectively. Thus, achieving a heightened state of relaxation and calmness that experienced meditators spend years perfecting.
In 1929 there was the first published article on brainwaves found in the European Archives of Psychology and Clinical Neuroscience.
Now with better equipment, we can see a lot more details in brainwaves. And what scientists now know, is that they reflect your state of mind…
For example, if you are experiencing anxiety, then your brainwave has irregularity in the Beta range. And someone who is happy and calm has a different brainwave pattern.
So, if that is the case, what if we could alter the brainwave pattern to stimulate someone experiencing anxiety to a happy and calm brainwave state?
The technology is there…
And the research on this subject is outstanding.
In 1980, brainwave entrainment was used on addicted individuals in St Elezabeth’s hospital in Washington. There was a reported 70% success rate within 3 years of follow up. That is a huge improvement compared to conventional treatments.
Another study in 2005, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse examined 121 patents that were in an inpatient substance abuse program. They were given brainwave audio training, which helped them to reach an advanced state of consciousness using alpha and theta waves. After this short intervention, and after one year, incredibly 77% became drug free. (Scott et al)
Additionally, according to Peniston & Kulkosky, brainwave entrainment used on those recovering yielded a 80% success rate and actually helped them to become psychologically healthy.
In 2000, there was a study that was conducted at a Dutch addiction center to understand the effects of alpha brainwave stimulation on anxiety and stress. The test subjects in this experiment were given just one session of 5 minutes of 30 hertz, followed by 35 minutes of 10Hz.
To gauge the effectiveness of alpha brainwave stimulation, the popular Spielberger’s State- Trait Anxiety Inventory test was administered prior to and following this intervention. Those who received the treatment of the single brainwave stimulation session actually showed an immediate degrease in anxiety.
It trains your brain to go back to that state with less effort following the brainwave entrainment sessions.
Resource: Ossebaard HC. Stress reduction by technology? An experimental study into the effects of brainmachines on burnout and state anxiety. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2000;25(2):93-101.
Researchers have also found that stress is what often leads one to slip back into relapse. Stress to an addicted individual, is like adding fuel to the fire. However, meditation makes you less stressful.
Basically, it makes you immune to stress.
Hope all the best for you,
A. Scott Roberts