Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

The increasing need for minimally invasive and non-medication therapies for persons suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and insomnia has given rise to exciting new developments in this field. While not as widely used as medications, therapies such as EMDR are growing in popularity and have been proven in case studies to be effective.

What Is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) seems like something out of a science fiction movie, but it is real, effective therapy that has helped thousands of people. It is considered an integrative psychotherapy approach and has been thoroughly researched. It is EMDRsafe and non-invasive.

The process starts with the therapist getting a thorough history of the client. Although it is important to get as much information as possible, it is not necessary for the client to go into great detail about the events that may have brought them to therapy. The first few appointments are a preparation phase designed to help build trust between the therapist and client and to teach the client tools that will help him throughout the therapeutic process.

Once the EMDR sessions have begun, there are remaining phases including: Assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure and reevaluation. These processes help identify the memories, feelings and thought patterns that are causing the distress and reduce or eliminate the negative thoughts and physical responses to those feelings and memories. This takes place over a period of time. EMDR is not a quick fix, but it works.

How Can EMDR Therapy Help Addiction?

For many addicts, using drugs and alcohol is a means to numb, suppress and cope with painful memories, experiences and traumas. Many other addicts self-medicate symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Although using may appear to bring temporary relief in the short term, in the long term drugs and alcohol exacerbate the symptoms of mental illness and often lead to more trauma.

EMDR helps addiction by addressing the underlying causes of addiction and the symptoms and conditions that frequently lead to using. Relapse rates after treatment are high. Part of this is due to unresolved pain, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Although a person may make it successfully through treatment and have a desire to stay sober, relapse can occur when unresolved issues come to the surface and the addict doesn’t have the support or tools to deal with them.

While medication is useful in dealing with issues such as anxiety or to treat symptoms of PTSD, addicts are more likely to abuse prescription drugs, starting the cycle of addiction all over again. Holistic, non-drug therapies are ideal for recovering addicts trying to stay sober. This is why treatments such as EMDR are so effective for people who are in treatment.

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