Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of treatment we offer at Recovery Bay Center. This type of addiction therapy aims to disrupt the thoughts and images you have that could be limiting your recovery. EMDR therapy can be effective, if fully embraced, as a component of your care.
What Is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing?
EMDR therapy is a type of psychotherapy. It can help you overcome and manage the symptoms you may have from a previous life experience or trauma. This procedure aims to help you heal from that emotional damage in a meaningful manner so you can go on with your life. There’s no way to simply reverse what’s happened, but with EMDR therapy, it is possible to find a way to live with it.
In studies, it is believed that those who engage in EMDR therapy are able to see improvements in their addiction therapy and mental health disorder therapy at a faster rate than those who are restricted to mainstream forms of psychotherapy. The benefit here is not just getting on with your life but actually healing the brain in the process.
In this type of therapy, the goal is to encourage the brain to heal in much the same way that a cut on your hand may heal. The brain needs to process emotions and overcome them, allowing the brain to heal from what’s happened.
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
There are 8 phases to EMDR therapy. During the process, your therapist will first determine what type of traumatic events or memories you have that may be causing you to struggle with addiction or mental health disorders. During therapy, you will have to hold various images or thoughts of that event in your mind and then track the therapist’s hand with your eyes. This is done in a specific way to help change your brain’s connection with the memory and emotions you feel.
During the process, you’ll work with your therapist over a series of sessions. EMDR therapy will be done in a safe location where you will feel comfortable. While you will be asked to remember events in your past, you will not be asked to engage fully in reliving that experience.
What Are the Benefits of This Type of Addiction Therapy?
There are a number of benefits possible with EMDR therapy, such as:
- Speeding up the recovery process
- Overcoming trauma that could be behind your addiction
- Working through emotions in a safe environment
- Feeling more in control over the way you feel and experience challenges
- Enabling your brain to heal from the trauma you’ve experienced
Many people who need addiction treatment have underlying mental health trauma that hasn’t been appropriately processed by the brain. Working through that is critical, but that’s not possible on your own.
How Can You Get This Type of Addiction Therapy?
At Recovery Bay Center, we offer eye movement desensitization and reprocess. Our team will talk to you about how it works and what you can expect. It is one component of your addiction therapy with our team. Some of the other therapies we offer include:
- Individual therapy programs
- Group therapy programs
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family therapy
Are You Ready to See Change? Let Recovery Bay Center Help You
Our dedicated team of licensed and passionate professionals can help you. EMDR therapy is one of the various therapy options we offer as a component of addiction therapy at Recovery Bay Center. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing may be the tool you need to start healing. To learn more about how our team can help you, call us now at [Direct] or seek out our online support.