Fitness Trainers for the Brain at Wellington Retreat
Wellington Retreat, an addiction and psychiatric treatment facility, confidently introduces fitness trainers for the brain. Perhaps this is a bit of an over simplification of the newest advances in computer technology facilitating the recovery process at The Wellington Retreat, but it serves as a useful model to introduce the role for Neurofeedback in the recovery process.
For years, patients with ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and Addiction have suffered the stigma of being undisciplined rather than instilling empathy as patients suffering from a diseased brain. Q-EEG (quantitative electroencephalography) now provides the newest computer technology to paint colored brain maps illustrating the injured areas of the brain which make sustained recovery virtually impossible without quality medical intervention. Comprehending the intricacies of brainwaves is well beyond the grasp most patients, but color pictures of injured brains makes understanding easy. Q-EEG even illustrates the high performance areas of gifted individuals.
Patients are assessed at the Wellington Retreat and need not be transported to special facilities equipped to handle radioactive materials. The Q-EEG studies can easily be repeated and are sensitive enough to monitor the patient’s progress while in treatment. Not only are the studies important to patients, but the specific findings providing critical insight to guide the physicians in optimizing successful treatment strategies for various diseases in addition to addiction.
At Wellington Retreat, all treatment is based upon evidence based therapies, which are tailored to the individual’s specific needs. Specializing in both neuropsychiatry and addictionology, Robert A. Moran, MD, CEO of Wellington Retreat, personally directs each patient’s care. Dr. Moran believes that daily physician insight is essential to quality medical care because this is not an ethical or discipline problem which will go away by just trying harder. Patients with pure psychiatric diseases enrich the learning process of the mixed patient community. All patients are able to see how their diseased brain limits their recovery to health. They are also able to appreciate how prescription medications (when indicated) make sustained recovery possible.
Wellington Retreat’s Assistant Medical Director, Scott Franczek, MD/PhD, said, “Monumental advances in computer science have rendered new and exciting therapeutic options for diseases of the brain.” Recent studies in neurofeedback now provide the scientific evidence necessary to validate the true benefit of these therapeutic options.
Neurofeedback treatment strategies are showing promising results in the care of patients with depression, ADD/ADHD, seizures, migraines, autism, insomnia, Asperger’s Syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and Tourette’s syndrome. Patients are able to achieve beneficial results without the harsh side effects often experienced with medications. Neurofeedback has also produced positive results for patients who would like to work on stress reduction, mental fitness, general relaxation, and sports improvement.