EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
In addiction treatment today, many facilities are utilizing the best technology and research to help clients overcome addiction. In fact, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, is a great therapeutic tool at Acqua Recovery.
This type of psychotherapy will help you overcome many symptoms, as well as traumatic experiences in your life. With addiction, there are a variety of triggers, stressors, and experiences that can influence your drug abuse. Therefore, EMDR will treat these experiences and help your mental health to create balance in your life.
What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing?
Specifically, what is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and how can it help you through addiction treatment? First, trauma can lead to addiction. When you experience trauma, whether recently or in your past, you will begin to look for ways to self-medicate if you don’t seek professional help. Unfortunately, many people turn to substance abuse as a way of coping with their trauma.
Therefore, EMDR is a set of protocols that keeps you from reliving past traumatic events in your life. You will still remember that these events happened, but they won’t affect your mental wellbeing any further. Moreover, they won’t be as upsetting as they once were.
You will no longer imagine the heartbreaking images, sounds, and feelings that you originally associated with these events. In addition, these difficult events will no longer be seen in a disturbing manner, but more so in a less stressful manner.
What Happens During An EMDR Session?
Now that you know what EMDR is, it’s important to understand how each session will work. For example, each session will include specific targets and protocols. These targets will include past memories, present disturbances, and future actions.
At each step, our therapists will help you completely process these experiences. That which is useful will be a learning opportunity, but inappropriate emotions will be discarded from your mind. With any useful experiences, we will work to store those and utilize them in positive ways in the future. The negative emotions, however, will no longer play a role in your thoughts.
At Acqua Recovery, we understand that you need a balance of treatments during rehab. Additionally, this will include evidence-based programs and holistic addiction treatment.
By committing yourself to the rehab journey, our staff will give you the support and encouragement you deserve to make sobriety a reality in your life. To learn more about eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, contact Acqua Recovery today at 866.830.4628.