EMDR therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, helps people suffering from trauma, panic disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and other emotional conditions achieve greater balance and emotional control in their lives. These conditions cause major life upheaval, leading to substance abuse and addiction. EMDR provides a simple and lasting means of relieving emotional distress.
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
EMDR is a good treatment for PTSD, according to recent research. It uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement or tactile stimulation for repeated activation of the brain’s opposite sides. In lay terms, a trained therapist uses eye movement to access and release traumatic memories and feelings. The thought behind this is that trauma brings on blocked mental health. The different aspects of EMDR all work together for mental healing. This releases trapped emotional experiences from the nervous system, reconnecting the mind-body connection that’s so important to life balance and productive addiction treatment.
In EMDR therapy, eye movement patterns help the brain process your troubling memories, images, and feelings. This takes you to a more peaceful state through the resolution of these feelings.
How Can EMDR Help Me?
EMDR effectively treats a variety of traumatic conditions. These include loss or injury, auto accidents, fire, rape, assault, injury and natural disaster experiences. It also works well for witnessing violence, childhood abuse, violent crime victimization, and depression stemming from trauma. Many people suffering PTSD use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate symptoms of this mental disorder. Once the traumatic events are dealt with, addiction treatment can be addressed.
EMDR helps most when part of a variety of therapies. The therapy for trauma helps you replace anxiety and fear with positive thoughts and images. It also helps you gain greater motivation, let go of trauma memories, release unrealistic guilt and shame, trust others more easily and resolve relationship problems.
How Long has EMDR Therapy Been Used in Addiction Treatment?
EMDR has been widely used since the publication of an EMDR medical study in 1989. People receiving EMDR have included those witnessing or being victimized by violent crime or disasters, people suffering from PTSD, sufferers of anxiety or panic disorders, phobia sufferers and people suffering addiction to drugs or alcohol. Others benefitting from EMDR have included law enforcement officers with violent memories, people suffering excessive loss, accident victims and burn victims.
EMDR is new among therapy methods. It has only been used for over a quarter century. But the method provides great success through its natural process of healing for trauma and blocked energy. Clients and therapists work closely together for freeing of this blocked energy, so the client enjoys a more balanced personal state. Many people experiencing EMDR therapy find it clears their trauma, so they feel lighter and more capable of a positive life without substance abuse.
EMDR and Addiction Treatment
Experts at addiction treatment programs help you decide if EMDR is right for you. Your therapist discusses the therapy with you and helps you understand how it works, its purpose and what results to expect. Of course, one therapy does not work alone. You need multiple types of therapy for addiction recovery, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and other trauma therapies.
EMDR takes place in an individual therapeutic setting. You work one-on-one with a therapist trained in EMDR. Other therapies of addiction treatment take place in this setting, too. You also gain other therapies in treatment sessions including:
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- 12 step program support groups
- Holistic therapies
Ocean Recovery Provides EMDR during Addiction Treatment
At Ocean Recovery, we understand how complicated and complex it can be to work through traumatic experiences. Therefore, we have designed a program to specifically address the many consequences that result from trauma such as substance abuse, disordered eating, impulsivity, and mood disturbances.
Your trauma causes you to subconsciously put up walls that prevent you from healing. We will help you break down those walls. We use many forms of therapy, including EMDR, during all of our treatment programs, including:
At Ocean Recovery, you gain a foundation of hope for lasting sobriety and the life you really deserve. Call Ocean Recovery now at 800-641-2388 for more information about how our therapies and treatments can take you to sobriety.