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Brain Mapping

Addiction and mental health can look different for everyone, making the issues challenging to pinpoint. However, as technology advances, so have proper treatments for mental health, removing the stigma associated with it — especially for those also dealing with addiction. Using brain mapping, clients can receive holistic treatment to improve addiction symptoms and withdrawal.


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What Is Brain Mapping? | How Does Brain Mapping Work? | Brain Mapping Benefits

What Is Brain Mapping?

With both addiction and mental illness, the brain is significantly affected. Substance dependence can disrupt the functioning of the brain’s reward centers. When addiction takes over, basic human needs like food, water, shelter and sleep take a backseat. Instead, compulsive actions and obsessive thoughts prevail, making recovery challenging.

Brain mapping allows medical professionals to look at the brain of someone struggling with addiction. The brain is mapped out with computer technology — a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) — to highlight areas that have been most affected. Professionals can notice the problem areas based on which frequencies in the brain appear out of balance. From there, they can determine the next best steps for the individual.

How Does Brain Mapping Work?

Brain mapping uses the following technology to process several parts of the brain:

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI): Identifies areas of the brain that are active — or stimulated — during tasks like reading words aloud or playing video games.
  • Electroencephalography (EEG): Measures the electrical activity on the scalp’s surface.
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG): Detects magnetic field changes around the head.

These three technologies work together to map out an accurate brain structure. Experts can use the data from these tests to identify abnormalities causing mental health disorders or addictions.

Brain Mapping Benefits

With the help of brain mapping, experts can:

  • Spot mental disorders: Brain mapping data can indicate the presence of a mental health disorder. Because one disorder can disguise signs of another, this data can also identify co-occurring conditions.
  • Learn to train the brain: Using neurofeedback can pinpoint specific areas of the brain to work on and train toward better habits.
  • Address the root of the problem: Mapping out the brain can help professionals diagnose mental health disorders and the cause of addiction to determine the best treatment.
  • Help achieve health goals: Once the problem is detected, health goals can be achieved. These can include increasing focus or improving memory. For those struggling with addiction, their goal might be breaking bad habits.

Brain Mapping for Addiction at The Sanctuary

Brain mapping can help provide a personalized plan for your care. On top of that, The Sanctuary at Sedona prioritizes full body recovery, including physical, emotional and mental health. This holistic approach is backed by science as we seek underlying causes of addiction and address them as needed.

With us, you can take action on your health as we look at the connection between mind and body. Our team of professionals will assist you along the way, helping you develop the tools to create a positive life. 

Are you ready to get started on your recovery journey? Contact The Sanctuary at Sedona today.

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