Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing — EMDR by abbreviation — is a therapeutic method that is extremely beneficial for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse disorders. EMDR was first developed to help alleviate emotional distress related to unresolved traumatic memories. During EMDR therapy clients address traumatic memories while focusing on external stimuli such as flashing lights or vibrating handholds. The individual shifts their visual focus from left to right, left to right, following the pattern of the external stimuli. A licensed and highly experienced EMDR practitioner guides the client through a memory as they practice these lateral eye movements.
This process stimulates the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain, which process different parts of the memory. One half of the brain processes the factual and rational parts of the memory, while the other half processes the emotional feelings of the memory. By stimulating the connection between the two halves of the brain, a client is able to gently process a memory both emotionally and factually, balancing facts with emotions.
This non-invasive and evidence-based technique is widely utilized as part of many comprehensive addiction treatment programs. There is often a direct link between unresolved trauma and substance abuse. At Immersion Recovery Center we employ a range of heavily researched therapies in order to consistently provide our clients with the most comprehensive care available. To learn more about EMDR, or to learn more about our therapeutic recovery program as a whole, today.