Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a type of therapy designed to improve psychological stress. It applies to a wide range of conditions, including trauma. EMDR therapy can also help with addiction for some people. At Archstone Behavioral Health, our team may recommend this type of therapy for your needs.
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing works to encourage you to re-experience various types of trauma in such a way as you learn to break the psychological pain you’re feeling. EMDR therapy is said to be helpful because it works in brief periods. During these instances, a therapist will direct your eye movements.
Recalling distressing events is difficult and emotionally upsetting. However, during EMDR therapy, it does not have to be because your attention is diverted from that event. Over time, the thoughts, images, and other memories you have are not as connected. That means the strong, emotional and psychological response you have is eliminated. This process takes time and often requires a significant amount of interaction between the patient and the client.
What Are the Benefits of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing?
Not everyone will benefit in the same way from EMDR therapy. In some situations, it may not be recommended to you. If you have been told you have post-traumatic stress disorder, one of the conditions that may lead to drug and alcohol addiction, this type of therapy may be recommended for you.
Some of the benefits of EMDR therapy include:
- Reducing the impact of depression and anxiety
- Elimination of panic attacks
- Reduced the need to use drugs and alcohol to manage symptoms
- Get help for complex disorders, including eating disorders
- Feel more confident and self-aware
- Break the way emotional stress is impacting your health
What to Expect in This Type of Therapy
There are several steps to this type of therapy. Over a period of sessions, you will work with your therapist to go through them. This will include gathering information and creating a treatment plan. There is a lot of preparation work, a full assessment completed, and then treatment is provided.
During this procedure, your therapist will have you do specific eye movements while you are thinking about a negative thought or image in your mind. By having this type of bilateral stimulation, it is possible to change your brain’s reaction to the distressing thought or memory.
You will be able to work closely with your therapist over a period of time on EMDR therapy. That includes providing evaluations over therapy sessions to see how you are doing. Keep in mind that the goal of this therapy is not to make you go through what happened to you but to work to remove the psychological stress connection with it.
A Component of the Care We Offer to You
We offer a wide range of treatment options to help you. Your unique needs are always the focus. When creating a treatment program for you, we’ll talk to you about all of the options in care that may help. With a wide range of addiction treatment programs and numerous types of therapies, you will find the tools to help you see improvement here.
Our EMDR therapy program is available as a component of many of our treatment plans. Some of these include:
- Medical detox services
- Residential treatment programs
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
Entrust Our Team at Archstone Behavioral Health
Invest in your future starts with a call to Archstone Behavioral Health. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is one of the most effective tools in addiction therapy. Our team offers EMDR therapy designed to meet your unique needs. Learn more by calling our compassionate counselors at 561.631.9478 or reaching out to us online.