At Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado, we’re proud to offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as an integral part of our outpatient addiction treatment programs. EMDR is a form of therapy used to help individuals process and work through emotional stress and trauma brought on by difficult life experiences, which can trigger and/or deepen addictive and self-destructive patterns.
EMDR has been getting a lot of attention in the medical community because of its proven effectiveness as an adjunct to traditional talk therapy. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.
Especially in the case of trauma, severe emotional pain can require a long time to heal. With EMDR, the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. With EMDR, a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes that are often the underlying causes of addiction.