Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is becoming more widely used as a form of treatment for addictions. It is carried out without the use of drugs or hypnosis and is a form of psychotherapy associated with the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This therapy is used as an additional method of rehabilitation, in conjunction with other medical assistance and not as a stand-alone method. It is important that a trained clinician carries out the treatment; it will not be successful unless it is implemented correctly.
They will, at the same time, be asked to focus on some additional form of stimulus such as a light or their therapist’s hand. The stimulus will alternate between both sides of the brain, while the individual concentrates on the traumatic memory and relives it. Over time, the therapy has the effect of desensitizing the person to the trauma.
Here are 7 reasons why EMDR treatment can work for addicts:
1. Increases the overall health of a person by decreasing their stress levels
- This will happen over a period of time, as it is not designed as a quick fix method. A lower level of stress gives a person the ability to be able to cope with much more and feel better about themselves.
2. Helps overcome mental blocks in a person’s memory
- Addicts block out memories that could be partly, if not fully, responsible for their addiction. This has the effect of allowing the memory to be dealt with and put to rest if necessary.
3. Alleviates some of the chronic symptoms of withdrawal and pain
4. Beneficial in reducing the effects of physical withdrawal symptoms
- Reduces the pain of experiencing the negative memories locked away inside.
5. Helps a person to be detracted from old habits by removing negative blocks from the memory
- It removes the blocks that are helping to cloud your present and future. This is especially helpful to a recovering addict as it can help them to stay clean.
6. This therapy assists an addict to increase their achievements
- This gives the recovering addict a sense of belonging and well-being, a reason to stay clean and begin to live a proper life again. This decreases the chances of having a relapse.
7. Helps to build up resilience in a person
- This is very useful for a recovering addict. It helps the person to be able to endure negative experiences and helps them to overcome these situations much quicker and stronger than before.
It is important that EMDR therapy is carried out in the correct setting and only after the clinician has fully interviewed the client and made sure that they are suitable and ready for the treatment.
This Treatment Opens The Window To The Brain – Form The Web
Brainworldmagazine.com recently posted that over the past two decades, the use of this treatment has provided researchers and clinicians with the ability to observe how symptoms develop and can be rapidly treated. Over 20 randomized studies have demonstrated positive treatment effects, and it has been declared an effective trauma treatment by organizations worldwide, including the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Defense. Three randomized studies have demonstrated that 84 to 100 percent of those suffering from a single trauma no longer had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an average of three 90-minute sessions. Changes that typically took months or years with other forms of therapy occurred within weeks. This rapidity allows both clients and clinicians to observe firsthand how the brain’s internal connections are made. Read more about EMDR
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