EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a valuable addition to the Addiction Recovery Program and how it treats addiction.  “EMDR has evolved into a methodology that incorporates aspects of many of the major, accepted psychotherapeutic orientations so as to form a focused approach for the treatment of a wide range of pathologies” (P. Manfield, EMDR Casebook, 2003).  Often when something traumatic happens, it will get locked in the nervous system.  Since the experience is locked there, it continues to be triggered whenever a reminder comes up (Shapiro, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, 2001).  Studies have shown that EMDR is an important addition in treating substance abuse.  Follow-up studies show that EMDR helps clients show stable recovery and a decreased tendency to relapse.  A goal of EMDR in working with a substance abuser is to help process the negative emotions from their addiction.  Further goals are to learn healthier coping skills are to handle stress without the use of mood-altering substances.