Once the EMDR therapy session has begun, the remaining phases include: assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure and reevaluation. These processes help identify the memories, feelings and thought patterns that are causing distress, and reduces or eliminates the negative thoughts and physical responses to those feelings and memories. This takes place over a period of time. EMDR therapy is not a quick fix, but it works.
How Can EMDR Therapy Help Addiction?
Using drugs and alcohol is sometimes a means to numb, suppress and cope with painful memories, experiences and traumas. Many addicts self-medicate symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Although using may appear to bring temporary relief in the short-term, in the long-term the drugs and alcohol exacerbate symptoms of mental illness and often lead to more trauma.