Neurofeedback: an integrative treatment of substance use disorders

Holist Nurs Pract. Jul-Aug 2013;27(4):246-50. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3182971b7c.


Substance use disorders are exceedingly complicated as is the treatment. To increase positive outcomes, an understanding of all facets, bio/psycho/social/spiritual,economic, and interdisciplinary aspects, are essential to successful treatment. Neurofeedback has been applied successfully as an integrative treatment of SUDs for more than 30 years. Highlighted research that includes the Peniston Alpha-Theta protocol and Scott-Kaiser modifications of the Peniston protocol has shown that SUD treatment when combined with conventional treatment has the potential to improve measurable parameters and significantly increase positive outcomes.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / blood
  • Alcoholism / physiopathology
  • Alcoholism / therapy*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurofeedback*
  • Treatment Outcome