Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) has been internationally recognized as an efficacious treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as this treatment focuses on allowing traumatic memories that are “stuck” to be appropriately reprocessed and stored into long term memory.
Obviously, it is much more complicated than this – for further information see Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (Shapiro, 2001). It is well known that those with PTSD have increased rates of substance use disorders – and a major hypothesis regarding this linkage is that many “self medicate” to manage the symptomology related to PTSD (depression, anxiety, disturbing memories, etc).
At AToN Center, we have found that many of our residents find relief when addressing PTSD utilizing EMDR. However, many are not aware that there are multiple protocols for addressing triggers, cravings and other addiction related material available – that our residents have also found to be helpful. While researchers have not thoroughly investigated these protocols (of note, many studies are currently in process), these protocols are promising and AToN is monitoring the continued research in order to offer our residents the most up-to-date and efficacious treatments available. If you are interested in Addiction Focused EMDR, do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Cassandra Cannon, Ph.D.
AToN Center 888-535-1516