From the December 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Deep-Level Self-Control

Biofeedback is the immediate, ongoing presentation of information to a person concerning his own physiological processes. Biofeedback training, said Elmer E. Green, Ph.D., of the Menninger Foundation, is proving remarkably effective in treating cases of alcoholism that have resisted treatment for many years.

Biofeedback therapy rests on the patient's taking responsibility for what happens to him. The response of his physiological apparatus, as reflected by various feedback devices, is brought under his own control. It is this fact that may be particularly significant for alcoholics, who often believe that they do not really have control over anything. Yet they can learn to control various physiological processes in a relatively simple way. Self-confidence develops naturally as autonomic skill is learned.

-- Physician's Alcohol Newsletter

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