Can You Beat Your Addictions More Easily With Brainwave Entrainment?
Are you an addict? Most people would answer ‘no’ to that question, but bear in mind that addiction doesn’t only refer to those who find themselves rolling in the gutter after yet another alcoholic bender, or stealing to fund their heroin addiction. These are extreme cases, but many more people are caught up in less catastrophic but still debilitating addictions, such as smoking, caffeine or overeating, or even activities like surfing the web or playing video games.
In a sense it doesn’t matter so much what the substance or activity is – if you’re engaging in a habit that you can’t control, you may be addicted. And addiction is not healthy.
Maybe you’re already aware that you have a problem, and want to change it – to kick whatever ‘habit’ you have, and replace it with healthier behavior. And you’ve probably already discovered that this isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do.
Why Addictions Can Be Hard To Beat
There are many reasons why people find it hard to quit their addictive behaviors. In the case of addiction to physical substances like nicotine and other drugs, the body becomes dependent on it, and eventually you have to keep getting a ‘fix’ just to feel normal and avoid withdrawal symptoms.
In the case of addiction to behaviors, like shopping or internet addiction, the causes are less clear, but there is certainly an addiction to the good feelings (or avoidance of bad feelings) that such behaviors are linked with.
In both cases, overcoming the addiction requires a strong determination to succeed. It is easy to feel that determination when you’ve just indulged yourself and are feeling that familiar wave of self-disgust – but it’s less easy to maintain that resolve after some time has passed and the ‘need’ for the addiction is rearing its ugly head again.
What you need is to get your mind fully on board, so that you can maintain your determination to quit even when cravings start to kick in. Brainwave entrainment may be able to help with this.
What Is Brainwave Entrainment?
Briefly, brainwave entrainment involves exposing the brain to a rhythmic stimulus such as light or sound pulses. These stimuli are of a frequency that’s similar to the natural frequencies produced by the brain itself. Thanks to a natural phenomenon known as the ‘frequency following response’, the brain has a tendency to synchronize with, or ‘entrain’ to the external rhythm. Since specific brainwave frequency ranges are linked with particular states of consciousness, by using brainwave entrainment you can more easily access a variety of mental states, by changing the frequency of the stimulus.
Sound recordings are perhaps the most popular brainwave entrainment method for home use. These fall into three categories: binaural beats, monaural beats, and isochronic tones. These work slightly differently, but all help to cause the brain to entrain to the frequencies that have been specially embedded in the recording. Many people find isochronic tones to be the most effective of the three methods, as they seem to be easier for the brain to synchronise with. [Read more about how brainwave entrainment works and the differences between binaural, monaural and isochronic recordings.]
Using Brainwave Synchronization For Overcoming Addictions
Although addiction treatment can be a complex process, and professional help should be sought if necessary, you might find that brainwave entrainment can help to complement the process. It can help by making it easier to access a state of mind in which you can strengthen your commitment to quitting. This is more easily done in a relaxed state, where you have easier access to the subconscious mind, and are less distracted by the constant chatter of the conscious mind. Brainwave entrainment can make it easier to access this kind of relaxed state, by exposing the brain to the alpha (8 – 12Hz) and theta (4 – 8 Hz) frequencies that are associated with relaxation and meditation.*
If you decide to make use of brainwave entrainment to help overcome your addiction, ensure you get a quality recording that you enjoy using. I personally like to meditate using the alpha and theta meditation recordings from The Meditation Club. They also have a special recording for addictions, although I can’t comment on this, not having used it myself. However, all tracks have a money-back guarantee, and are available in a choice of binaural, monaural and isochronic formats, plus free downloads are available so you can see which type you prefer.
* Disclaimer – Please note that this information is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and if you are suffering from a serious addiction you should always consult a medical professional and follow their recommendations. The use of brainwave entrainment technology is not intended to treat or cure any disease or psychological disorder.