Alpha biofeedback therapy in alcoholics: an 18-month follow-up

J Clin Psychol. 1978 Jul;34(3):765-9. doi: 10.1002/1097-4679(197807)34:3<765::aid-jclp2270340339>;2-5.


In an earlier study on patients with alcohol problems, an experimental group given 10 hour-long alpha biofeedback training sessions showed greater improvement on State and Trait Anxiety scores than did a control sample. In the present study an 18-month follow-up was done on those Ss. The differences between the experimentals and controls in State and Trait Anxiety after 18 months were essentially identical to the differences between them immediately after treatment, which indicates that alpha training had long-range therapeutic effects. A difference between the groups on the Alcohol Rehabilitation Followup Questionnaire also suggested that alpha training may have been associated with some reduction in alcohol consumption as well.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Alcoholism / therapy*
  • Alpha Rhythm*
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Anxiety / therapy
  • Biofeedback, Psychology*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Inventory
  • Remission, Spontaneous