Making EMDR treatment work for you in recovery from addiction


EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that helps people recover from difficult memories, especially shocks. Many people in recovery from addiction have had hard memories in the past – memories that led to their addiction or memories that resulted from use and drinking. About 60 percent of people in recovery have experienced serious trauma in their lives. Some of these old memories lead to repeated repetition.

With symptoms or complaints from your life today, EMDR therapists will help you identify those memories that contribute to your current difficulties. By following the procedures developed by Francine Shapiro, the therapist will help you solve existing issues by recycling your old memory. That's where the long name comes from eye movement and simulation. When technology was first used, it was eye-moving; Nowadays, customers can choose any bi-directional stimulation that is best.

It is always best to develop a solid recovery plan with high support before starting the depth treatment at the start. But some issues can be addressed once upon a time. Sometimes people get recovery fast or back because these old wounds have not been addressed. The therapist will help you determine at any time in your recovery, it's best to start working EMDR.

EMDR treatment facilitates natural healing

As the human body has a built-in process to heal threats to its physical health, we also have a natural healing process for mental health after experiencing shock or emotional injury. Our mind makes continuous connections for us that are intended for health and living. In the 1990s it was discovered that bilateral stimulation – alternately stimulating the right and left sides of the brain hurries a normal method of restoring mental health.

Teaching EMDR Treatment

Memory Challenges are stored in frozen memory systems. They can not connect to other adaptable memory systems. The other natural healing process gets bypass. With EMDR therapy, you can reduce your shocks to be "unstuck" and associate with more adaptive, healthy memories. The exact way EMDR treatment is not yet understood, but it has been widely investigated and proved to be a very effective treatment for treating the pain.

Lighting on the baseline system

After rumors and preparation have been taken, ask your doctor to recognize the images, feelings, self-esteem and physical perception that are associated with hard memory. This enables or disables frozen shocks and enables it to connect with healthy, adaptable memories, associations, and thoughts. Remembering the connection to the shock or the shock can be painful, but you are supported at the meeting and given tools to control emotions as they occur. This includes safe exercises and positive internal resources that you can use to calm yourself. This gives you the means to turn off the old trampoline online when you need or want and slow down the speed of processing whenever you want.

Manage the "Color Up" State

The therapist helps you experience a balance between power and safety that is right for hard work. In this "area" thoughts, feelings, images, feelings and body sensations are active, but you're not so busy in memory that it's "It Was Then and This Is Now" and that you're safe in Current Moments in Office your psychologist. Although you are in the middle of one leg in the past and one leg in a hospital, your doctor starts the left right stimulation. There are various types of left-hand stimulation and therapist and you decide which one is best for you. Whichever brand you choose, EMDR makes it possible to connect with more health-minded thoughts, images and organizations. You only take care of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and feelings as they occur while experiencing the left right stimulation. Always remember to not censor anything. This free organization process brings out various perceptions, feelings and thoughts your mind works through memory. After each set of left-right stimulus, the physiotherapist enters to see what you are experiencing.

Giving What Happens Happens

EMDR treatment can lead to associated unrelated organizations. You only allow what happens. Every so often you briefly report what you are experiencing when a physiotherapist examines. It's important not to censor anything! You may feel painful or difficult feelings, but it is best to have the perceptions with the support of your therapist. Moving through the wave can be deeply healing. It makes it possible to connect more adaptable memory systems to the old, freeze the pain. The therapist monitors the process as it evolves, looking for evidence that it is on target. Sometimes things change and sometimes they do not. A therapist is available to assist when things are considered. If things are not evolving, your doctor changes technology or adds information to facilitate the natural healing process at work.

The body reminds!

You must pay particular attention to physical feelings during EMDR treatment. Emphasis on body sensations has come to an ancient constant memory. You are asked to be aware of and report on physical perception at the meeting. The release of these physical emotions is often the key to curing injuries. What issue or challenge is working on treatment, it probably has past, present, and future factors. EMDR treatment is used to work with all three aspects of the case. The therapist helps you target the case from these three perspectives.

The Work Continues

The normal healing process will likely continue between treatments. You may also have insights, dreams or thoughts and feelings related to the work you did. It is very important to use your support system between meetings. Go to a meeting, talk to a friend or sponsor and find ways to get more help. You may also want to talk to your doctor between meetings. After a meeting, you may be tired and ever had to do it. If possible, organize your EMDR meeting when you have time to relax after the meeting. You are asked to keep notes between meetings and use self-calming methods to control emotions between meetings.


EMDR is relatively new (over twenty years old) a type of psychotherapy that has proven to be faster and more effective than being treated by single treatment for some individuals. It is a useful tool for solving obstacles and old negative views that prevent drug and alcohol recovery. To learn more, visit the EMDR International Association website at or contact the author, Teresa Allen MFT, at .


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