Addressing intense traumas is one of the many challenges of addiction recovery. Without managing co-occurring mental health disorders, active addiction can never be overcome effectively. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy offers an alternative treatment for substance use disorder and contributing emotional trauma, most notably post-traumatic stress disorder.
This page provides information about EMDR therapy, including what it is and why so many treatment centers use this approach. While The Raleigh House respects this type of therapy, we utilize Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an eye movement based therapy that achieves better results in a shorter period of time.
EMDR therapy is a treatment that addresses the client’s history of trauma. The process involves the client recounting traumatic experiences while the therapist measures the client’s eye movements. This affects cognitive processing, helping to mitigate severe emotional responses to recollections of trauma and allowing the client to recognize the triggers and stressors that lead to substance use.
The EMDR treatment procedure involves the following stages:
The Raleigh House has provided dedicated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders for more than a decade. We are proud to work with some of the most respected mental health and addiction specialists in the field and provide clients with a suite of psychological services that support long-term wellness.
If your substance use has compromised your relationships, career, or health, please don’t hesitate to connect with the compassionate professionals at The Raleigh House. When you’re ready to heal, we’re prepared to help.