Integrating EMDR into a Holistic Treatment Program

Now is a great time to seek help for a substance dependency. There are more tools than ever at the disposal of addiction counselors and therapists to address the underlying issues that contribute to an addiction.

EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help with Trauma

EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help Process Traumatic Events

The goal of treatment is to establish permanent abstinence from the drug of choice. While in treatment at our center, there is constant monitoring and frequent drug testing which greatly reduces the temptation and opportunity to self-medicate.

However, since residential treatment can’t last forever, it is critical that as much work as possible be done to address underlying trauma and anxiety that can cause ongoing stress and make a relapse tempting.

One of the treatment processes which we’ve integrated into our treatment program is EMDR.

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and it is a therapeutic process through which traumatic events are “processed” in a way that that they will no longer seem overwhelming to the patient.

The process usually integrates the clinician guiding the patient through repeated movements (often moving the eyes) as negative memories are discussed and processed verbally. The traumatic past event is “re-processed” in a way that greatly reduces its power to generate negative emotions and therefore contribute to relapse inducing stress.

EMDR as Part of a Holistic Regimen of Recovery

As stated above, it is during the critical period when we physically have our clients in our residential program that we must build a strong foundation for long term recovery. This is why we provide a holistic treatment experience which requires abstinence and participation in the recovery community. In addition to “coming out of the fog” of an addiction, and experiencing the fellowship that the 12-step community provides, our clients benefit from addressing issues like anxiety and trauma as well.

EMDR has been widely used since the 1980s to reduce the symptoms of PTSD. In the addiction treatment field, it has also proven to enhance the quality of recovery by reducing or eliminating the ongoing negative effects that a past traumatic episode can have on a person in recovery.

Click to Read Katrina's Story

Click to Read Katrina’s Bio on our Staff Page

We are very happy to have a skilled EMDR practitioner on staff, Dr. Katrina Harris. “Kat” is trained and highly successful at treating clients with a variety of therapeutic modalities, including EMDR. Kat is a client favorite because of her enthusiasm for recovery and transformative abilities during her therapy sessions.

Get Help for Both Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

As we said, now is a great time to seek treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. Never before has such a wide variety of tools been available to addiction counselors that allow a multi-faceted approach to halting the cycle of addiction. Please contact one of our intake counselors today for more information about EMDR or treatment at Balboa Horizons.