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EMDR Therapy in Cincinnati

Holistic Options for Your Recovery

Cedar Oaks Wellness Center takes a holistic approach to addiction treatment. When people are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, they deserve to heal from the inside and out. Clients in need also deserve to be able to choose from a variety of treatment methods, including therapies, because there’s no one right way to recover. Among our center’s therapy options is EMDR therapy. Though not as many people are as familiar with EMDR therapy as they are with group or family therapy, this type of therapy has been known to help many clients process their trauma and reduce the risk of relapse. Our team is happy to break down the procedure for you when you call for help and determine whether this is the right kind of therapy for you.

Call us today to get started on your recovery at (513) 780-5201 or contact us online. We offer individualized treatment for addiction because no two individuals are alike.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a psychotherapy practice originating in the 1980s that helps people process their trauma through sporadic visual stimulation. The practice was started by a psychotherapist named Francine Shapiro, who noticed a relation between lateral eye movement and the reduced emotional responses that came with thinking of disturbing thoughts or memories. She worked with individuals dealing with trauma and who were diagnosed with PTSD to formalize the therapy.

During EMDR therapy, the therapist asks clients to concentrate on their traumatic memories while moving their fingers back and forth in front of the client. The client is meant to follow their fingers only with their eyes. These movements are known as saccadic eye movements and, according to EMDR proponents, can help clients to reprocess the experiences they focus on and even curb their emotional response to them.

EMDR was originally intended to treat the following disorders:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Adjustment disorders

Most people assume trauma takes years to heal from, or that people never quite recover from traumatic experiences. However, some published studies have shown that 84 to 90 percent of trauma victims who have undergone just three 90-minute sessions no longer suffer from PTSD. In another study, 77 percent of combat veterans recovered from their PTSD symptoms after 12 sessions.

How EMDR Helps People with Addiction

While anyone dealing with unresolved trauma can benefit from EMDR therapy, the fact that EMDR is used at many addiction centers shows that addiction is closely related to past trauma. Many therapists believe that when they treat this trauma, the person suffering from addiction will feel less inclined to want to use substances.

Additionally, it’s possible that people who are addicted to drugs may also suffer from mental disorders like PTSD or bipolar disorder. There are many studies showing that people with mental health conditions are twice as likely as people without mental disorders to abuse alcohol and drugs. EMDR can greatly aid in the recovery process and prevent relapse over time.

If you have more questions about EMDR or aren’t sure whether this therapy will work for you, don’t hesitate to give our team a call. We offer different therapies and can do the work to find the right fit.

Call (513) 780-5201 to learn more about the treatment programs we offer on our secluded, peaceful 120-acre campus, including our EMDR therapy options. Our Cincinnati addiction professionals are here to help.

The EMDR Process

Focusing on the past, present, and future
  • Phase 1: History-Taking Session

    The first phase of therapy is simply a history-taking session so the therapist can develop a treatment plan for the client. The therapist will be able to identify experiences to focus EMDR processing on, whether it’s a disturbing memory or stressful current life situation.

  • Phase 2: Techniques

    This phase is used for the therapist to ensure the client is prepared to handle any emotional distress they may feel in a healthy manner. The therapist may teach breathing techniques and other practices to the client.

  • Phase 3: Identify & React

    The therapist works closely with the client during this phase to identify targets and their resulting emotional effects, and then develop approaches to handling these reactions.

  • Phase 4-6: Evaluate

    In these phases, EMDR therapy officially begins to evaluate traumatic memories and emotional reactions. Positive emotions may also be inserted during these phases in relation to the client’s memories.

  • Phase 7: Reassessment

    As EMDR therapy comes to a close, client reactions are reassessed to ensure they have responded to the treatment. The therapist may ask the client to log their week and remind themselves of self-calming techniques they learned. The client begins to feel better.

  • Phase 8: Asses Progress

    This last stage focuses on assessing the progress that was made. If there are issues, the therapist may return to a previous phase. If there are no issues, treatment is complete.

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