The human mind is the most advanced computing machine on the planet, but just like a computer, it can become overwhelmed and freeze after intense abuse. Traumatic ordeals or experiences that often “fry the circuits” in our own minds provoke severe, negative reactions when memories of these events inevitably resurface. Substance abuse is often a way for those paralyzed by their past to repress and hide from these memories, but successful relapse prevention requires us to learn how to accept the past in healthy ways.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is an advanced substance abuse treatment technique offered through American Addiction Centers. This clinically-proven therapy uses “dual stimulation” exercises that discuss past trauma while simultaneously engaging other parts of the brain through bilateral eye movements, tones or taps. The mind responds by becoming easier to reprogram and difficult memories of the past are seen in new, healthier ways.
Achieving a healthy recollection of our pasts, sometimes referred to as “fully processed” memories, is important. There are many types of traumatic experiences, such as being a victim of child abuse or fighting in a war overseas, that can leave lasting emotional and psychological scars. Drug addiction and/or alcoholism also often results, as about 60% of recovering addicts have experienced serious trauma in their lives, according to well-respected California EMDR therapist Teresa Allen.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research tracked a recovering female addict who had been treated in traditional drug rehab centers 12 times, but was unable to achieve more than four months of sobriety at any given time. Following EMDR, the addict reported 18 months of sobriety and important improvements to her overall quality of life.
The benefits of EMDR are so widely accepted that the therapy is officially approved by the American Psychological Association as a valid treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. PTSD sufferers such as Military Veterans, Police, Fire, First responders or victims of other tragic events benefit greatly from EMDR therapy. California’s Mental Research Institute, meanwhile, has found EMDR to be “an important addition to the treatment of substance abuse.”
That’s why American Addiction Centers uses EMDR; we care about getting achievable, long-lasting results. For more information, call us today at 800-890-1956.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find the best source for EMDR therapy. We also offer many affordable self pay options for obtaining EMDR therapy.