What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, abbreviated as EMDR, is a integrative nontraditional form of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven as an effective treatment against psychological trauma and disturbing experiences.

How EMDR Works

The goal of EMDR is to completely process past traumatic experiences and sort out each specific emotion attached to those experiences. EMDR takes negative feelings and thoughts that are non-productive and replaces them with more positive feelings that can help encourage healthier behavior, both physically and socially.

Unlike other treatment models that focus on altering the emotions and thoughts of a traumatic event, EMDR focuses on the memory itself and aims to change the way the memory is remembered in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating symptoms.

EMDR therapy happens over the course of eight phases:

  1. History and treatment planning
  2. Preparation
  3. Assessment
  4. Desensitization
  5. Installation
  6. Body scan
  7. Closure
  8. Re-evauation

What are the Benefits of EMDR?

Research now suggests that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy can help relieve the stress and anxiety related to trauma. The American Psychological Association has approved EMDR as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Allowing individuals to think about a certain traumatic event from a detached perspective allows an individual to reframe the memory and release all negative associations with the memory.

Overall, the goal of EMDR is to completely process past events and sort out the specific emotions tied to those experiences.

Starting EMDR Therapy

Call True Recovery to take advantage of EMDR therapy for addiction treatment today. We offer a full continuum of care that not only provides our clients with EMDR therapy but also a range of additional therapies and treatments that can work in conjunction with it.

In addition, we can connect you with highly structured sober living facilities and the ability to bring one’s pet with them to therapy. For more information about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for substance abuse as well as our other addiction recovery services, contact us at any time at (866) 399-6528, 24 hours a day, to speak with an admissions counselor. You can also reach us through our contact form.