Treatments - EMDR

Break down your barriers with EMDR.


Addiction rarely exists on its own. In fact, about 60 percent of the time it’s accompanied by mental illness or serious trauma that helped trigger the addiction. To help treat this aspect of substance abuse, a breakthrough treatment called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR therapy, is proving to be a valuable psychotherapy for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.


What is EMDR?


Founded in 1990 by Dr. Francine Shapiro, EDMR therapy emphasizes disturbing memories as a root cause of psychopathology, including addiction and dual diagnosis. EMDR was developed to alleviate post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) symptoms, but now is often used to treat a variety of psychological disorders.


How does it work?


Like a computer shutting down, a traumatized or distressed brain may become overwhelmed, freezing normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. Employing an eight-step procedure that includes having you recall distressful past trauma while receiving one of several types of bilateral eye movements, tones, or taps, EMDR helps reduce the lingering effects of troubling memories. By paring away the recurring uncomfortable sensations of these overwhelming triggers through repeated use of biofeedback body scans and re-evaluations, you can stabilize your mind enough to begin learning necessary drug and alcohol rehabilitation coping tools.

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