Applicability of brain wave biofeedback to substance use disorder in adolescents

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2005 Jan;14(1):125-36, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2004.07.006.


Neurofeedback treatment for addictions in adults is probably efficacious, and several reported approaches are described with their indications. Neurofeedback is promising as a treatment modality for adolescents, especially those with stimulant abuse and attention and conduct problems. It is attractive as a medication-free, neurophysiologic, and self-actualizing treatment for a substance-based, brain-impaired and self-defeating disorder. More research, beginning with case reporting, is needed to assess use and efficacy in adolescents.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biofeedback, Psychology / methods*
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Humans
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*