The Role of Our EMDR Therapy Program in the Drug Addiction Treatment
Granite Recovery Centers’ approach to substance abuse treatment programs is unique in that it employs a rigorous 12-Step curriculum integrated with evidence-based clinical modalities including:
Another of these clinical therapies is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Our EMDR therapy program in New Hampshire calls upon both physical and cognitive modalities to reprocess trauma, such as PTSD, sexual and physical abuse, emotional abuse, serious illness, etc; and, in doing so, removes the negative emotional responses associated with it.
When indicated a potentially beneficial to a client, EMDR therapy may be integrated into treatment, more often than not at Step 4 of the 12 Steps, to help clients process trauma and modify their negative behaviors and compulsion.
What Exactly is EMDR?
EMDR is a clinical, evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach, developed in the 1980s by Dr. Francine Shapiro, that helps clients reprocess perspectives of their own trauma histories through physical eye movements and clinical modalities. The theory behind EMDR is that the client’s problematic thoughts, behaviors, and/or compulsions are derivative of traumas never fully dealt with. These traumas get stored as harmful memories which persist and strongly influence all aspects of their lives, producing dysfunctional behaviors, such as substance use.
To help clients reprocess these traumas and desensitize themselves to them, EMDR-certified clinicians create an environment that recalls those past traumas, while asking the client to move his or her eyes laterally in a rapid, organized rhythm. This physical eye movement, combined with cognitive exercises, have been shown to reduce negative emotional response, thereby reducing compulsive thinking and harmful behavior.