Neuro Integration Therapy & Brain Mapping for Addiction Recovery
At SJRP, we use state-of-the-art treatment therapies and evidence-based practices to help individuals struggling with a substance use disorder heal and recover. Neuro integration therapy and brain mapping are highly effective methods of patient assessment and treatment that we offer to all clients that participate in our residential treatment programs. Each client’s custom brain mapping session results in tangible, easy to read, visual representations of their brain. A virtual map that outlines key problem areas or “hot spots,” the brain map is used by both our medical and clinical teams to devise unique treatment plans for each client at our Florida drug and alcohol rehab center.
Watch as NIT Specialist’s Regina & John Discuss Brain Mapping at SJRP
Don’t let the name fool you — Neurointegration therapy is nothing like the invasive treatments that were once used for mental health patients many years ago. Our brain mapping and neuro integration services therapy programs provide minimally invasive treatment for substance abuse and addiction. The process is painless, non-invasive, and highly effective. Most clients find this to be one of the most relaxing and beneficial forms of therapy during their time at SJRP.
To learn more about how neuro integration therapy and brain mapping guide the recovery process for clients at St. John’s Recovery Place, call our admissions team at 833-397-3422 and ask about the Neuro Therapy Program offered at our holistic drug rehab in Florida.
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Neurotherapy is the integrated use of traditional EEG brain wave biofeedback and cutting-edge brain stimulation techniques. SJRP’s Neurointegration Therapy (NIT), involves a brain assessment with q-EEG brain mapping, neuropsychological testing, vibroacoustic therapy (VAT), and pulsed low-frequency transcranial magnetic field stimulation (PEMF). Traditional MRIs and CAT scan only give us information about the structure of the brain. Brain maps tell us about the function of the neural connections within the brain—revealing whether there is too much or too little activity in certain areas.
After doing a brain map, we will design an individualized treatment protocol to heal and regenerate neural pathways and correct dysregulation. In other words, we can find where the source of the brain’s dysfunction is and begin to correct it. Remapping the client after 10-sessions give us a progress report, and lets us know if we need to modify the treatment plan as the brain restores.
The EEG brain mapping tells us many things. It can let us know if the brain is suffering from an undetected head injury or concussion. This is important because head injuries frequently go undetected and yet even mild head injuries where the client does not lose consciousness can still impair thinking, and judgment. One of the single greatest causes of addiction can be unresolved traumatic stress and emotional difficulties that lead to self-medication. EEG brain-mapping provides insight, like a window, into the brain’s neuronal functioning and activity which will guide treatment and track progress.
Low-intensity Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Stimulation (PEMF)
Low-intensity Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Stimulation (PEMF) treatment works by emitting a pulsating, varying intensity and frequency electromagnetic field, coming from a solenoid placed around the patient. All brain activity is interconnected and responds to specific frequencies and action potentials (electrical charges). The application of pulsed magnetic fields has, through research findings, been shown to help normalize and synchronize brain wave activity. PEMF is also used to help regenerate cells and tissue at an accelerated rate—promoting healing and facilitating neuroplasticity. Gentle stimulation to brain structures using a specific waveform and frequency will re-balance neuropeptides, neurotransmitters, and neuromodulators which are critical to maintain normal mood and behavior.
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy replicates the Earth’s natural magnetic field, which we were once strongly connected to. Over time this magnetic field has gotten weaker (an estimated 10% weaker since the 19th century) and due to industrialization and modernization, we are further separated from the Earth’s natural magnetic field (Dickerson, 2013). The therapy actually originated from NASA’s research involving the benefits of pulsed electromagnetic fields on astronauts for fatigue, depression, bone loss and other symptoms following even short trips to outer space. Scientists discovered that the cause was due to astronauts being without this beneficial natural field emanating from our Earth.
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy was approved by the FDA in 1979, specifically for the healing of nonunion fractures, which came after a Columbia University study that was encouraged by NASA, and has recently gained attention in the U.S. The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well documented trials carried out by hospitals, rheumatologists, physiotherapists, and neurologists.
Since SJRP’s opening on November 5, 2018, clients receiving approximately 5-treatment sessions per week, have experienced an 85% reduction in symptoms. The speed and depth with which NIT can synchronize and stabilize those in recovery is unmatched in the recovery industry. SJRP will be adding other organic interventions to make the treatments easier and more robust to work with an even wider range of client problems.
Neurotherapy & EEG Brain Mapping
SJRP uses q-EEG brain mapping as a guide to design an individualized treatment plan specific for the client’s needs. Remapping the client after 10-NIT treatment sessions will give us a progress report, and lets us know if we need to modify treatment as the brain heals.
The EEG brain mapping tells us many things. It can let us know if the brain is suffering from an undetected head injury or concussion. This is important because head injuries frequently go undetected and yet even mild head injuries where the client does not lose consciousness can still impair thinking and judgement making the client much more susceptible to addiction or relapse. We can also detect and assess underlying cognitive problems which can undermine morale and lead to self-medication. One of the single greatest causes of addiction can be unresolved traumatic stress and emotional difficulties. EEG brain mapping provides a powerful way to show the client how emotional stress has made their brain vulnerable to addiction.
Low Intensity Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulation (PEMF)
Neurofield-pEMF is non-invasive way to reset and balance brain activity. NIT treatment sessions include pulsed electromagnetic field energy in minute levels. Your wrist watch puts out more energy than the energy utilized by Neurofield-pEMF, and the positive effects are cumulative. The key to NIT’s success is the fact that the brain is like a radio, and what is needed to influence that radio is to channel the frequencies of interests. When the precise frequency is identified, only the tiniest electrical “nudge” is needed to rewire and re-engage the brain back to health. This assists the brain to manufacture its own “feel good” endorphins and healthy neurotransmitters once again. SJRP clients find our NIT treatment sessions calming and uplifting.
Neurofeedback: LORETA Brain-Imagining
The absolute advantage in neurofeedback treatment is known as LORETA z-scored neurofeedback. LORETA is a mathematical system that allows us to build a 3-D model of the brain electrical activity. In doing so, LORETA can detect, assess, and transform different structure of the brain that cannot be touched by traditional neurotherapy. Building upon FDA cleared brain mapping technology we can affect deeper brain structures that control learning, emotional regulation, as well as the control of cravings. LORETA allows us to actually see the brain’s addiction or craving network in action. Once the client’s brain has been normalized and stabilized by various brain stimulation techniques, LORETA can affect a deep healing of the brain and rehabilitate and/or transform for client’s ability to learn. There are over 2,000 peer-reviewed research papers utilizing LORETA technology, with the research ongoing and worldwide. We are proud to be associated with and be working with the creators and the leading practitioners of this exciting new technology.
Vibroacoustic Therapy (VAT)
The Vibroacoustic Therapy (VAT), creates sonic waves that coincide with brain frequencies measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). By integrating VAT with NIT simultaneously, the individual’s brain and body become synchronized. This is extremely important during the Detox-treatment phase. Further, this combined therapy reduces the negative side-effects of substance/alcohol withdrawal. Hence, healing is accelerated. The vibration and frequencies can increase or decrease an individual’s mood levels; drum rhythms also have been documented as having a positive effect. The entire body can be influenced by external frequencies and vibrations and VAT is structured as a holistic prescriptive which provides relief and support as the client gains mastery over addictions.
Combining VAT with NIT sessions simultaneously enhances the differential gradients and frequencies during brain-stimulation therapy, and as such, “retrains” the brain. The brain’s regenerative abilities are truly amazing. By activating neurons and supporting glial cells via NIT, VAT and brain-stimulation, the brain will rewire and fire new positive neuronal pathways. This causes the brain to become neuroplastic and receptive; positively charged and eager to receive a new program that will embody healthy lifestyle changes. SJRP’s mission is to empower our clients and help rebuild lives. For this reason, NIT and VAT treatment sessions are designed to synchronize brain, body, heart and spirit. SJRP evolved this highly-specialized method and it has become our forte. We are driven to make a difference in our clients lives and we continuously support you in recovery. See our NIT / VAT Youtube playlist at 1833EZREHAB.
Regina DeFranco is the Lead NIT Specialist in Neurointegration Therapy (NIT). She was a Department of Defense (DOD) Camp Zama, Japan graduate and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State College at Jacksonville with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S). She is on the board of several non-profit organizations, served as a Charter President for the Crescent City Lions Club, and is a professional advocate and grant writer supporting educational improvement for economically disadvantaged children and families. Having gained undergraduate and post-graduate research experience in neurobiology, organic chemistry, and technical writing, Regina was commissioned to assist physicians as a Technical Publishing Supervisor, disseminating newest research for publication featured in progressive Neural Regenerative Research (NRR); an international peer-reviewed open access (OA) journal focused on brain and peripheral nerve injury, neurodegenerative diseases, and neuroimaging. Her work in Neuroscience morphed into Applied Behavior Analysis and working with children in the autism spectrum.