‘Electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback [neurotherapy] has been employed in substance use disorder (SUD) over the last three decades. The SUD is a complex series of disorders with frequent comorbidities and EEG abnormalities of several types’ (ISNR).
Neurofeedback for alcoholism, and other addictions, is a process of determining the underlying cause of the addiction: is the substance use due to a need to self-medicating for illness or pain or was it triggered by developmental trauma or later stress or trauma. Neurofeedback is a non-confrontational, non-blaming therapy that approaches addiction as a problem of dis-regulation of the brain. Neurofeedback aids in the healing of the brain enabling the person to pursue other complimentary therapies to strengthen their gains.