Brain Center

Encouraging Self-regulation for More Effective Treatment

Retraining the Brain

Our Brain Centers—offering neurofeedback, biofeedback, cranio-electro stimulation, heart-rate variability, and chi machines—encourages self-regulation and resiliency in patients. This makes treatment more effective and encourages more successful long-term recovery. Traditional treatments are focused on the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, but if you’re seeking treatment for addiction, your prefrontal cortex is going to be out of balance. Our Brain Center’s limbic system therapy focuses on regulating the central nervous system, resulting in less anxiety, fewer withdrawal symptoms, better sleep, and a more effective treatment experience.


Neurofeedback is direct training of the functioning brain. Sensors are applied to the patient’s scalp and they observe their brainwave activity through a computer-based system. Once the level of different brainwave frequencies for a patient is determined, protocols are developed for training the brain to make more or less of specific frequencies, actively attempting to change the brain’s baseline activity. The brain is rewarded for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. The frequencies that are targeted and the location on the scalp where the sensors are placed are specific to the conditions being addressed and to each individual.

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Brain Spa

Improving the brain’s self-regulation allows the brain to work more efficiently and helps an individual function in a more healthy way. In addition to offering neurofeedback, each Meadows Outpatient location includes a separate meditation room we call the Brain Spa. This “self-serve” space allows patients to take advantage of several different types of equipment, each with a specific purpose but the shared aim of decreasing anxiety, reducing stress, improving sleep, aiding digestion, and increasing oxygen and blood flow to the brain. For many therapies, patients recline in comfortable chairs with dim lighting and the option to use a weighted blanket.

Expanded Trauma Services

People who suffer from psychological trauma symptoms tend to have brain stems that are “dysregulated” (i.e., not well organized). When the brain stem is not well-organized, it can cause other parts of the brain to not function as well as they potentially could. When this happens, a person’s ability to think clearly, analyze, understand, and make as good judgments can become compromised. By addressing this dysregulation we can improve brain function, enabling patients to respond better to treatment.


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