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EMDR Therapy in Addiction Treatment

It’s no secret that addiction issues and mental health issues are closely connected and usually inseparable. We have observed that most, if not all, of our patients have developed addiction issues because of deeper underlying problems related to trauma, which show up as compulsive behaviors. When an individual does not know how to cope with their trauma, or trauma induced stressors, they escape to using substances such as drugs and alcohol to alleviate their pain.

Where EMDR Comes in

EMDR, short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an interactive therapy modality that uses eye movement and tapping while an individual is asked to share their traumatic experiences. Unlike talk-only therapy, this bilateral stimulation helps to reduce a person’s stress levels while they share their pain by creating distance and a sense of separation from their problems.

EMDR has been shown to help reprocess an individual’s thoughts, feelings and experiences in a healthier way, so that it can be used as a technique to divert themselves from craving drugs or alcohol. Over time, this technique can help process painful, traumatic events and experiences to equip practitioners with better coping strategies, and more resilient reactions.

Benefits of EMDR in Addiction Treatment

We have seen that EMDR is especially helpful for our patients suffering from psychological trauma. EMDR can help:

Manage TraumaOvercome Stress and Anxiety
Reduce DepressionRegulate Emotions


How we use EMDR at California Prime

Our licensed therapists are experienced in using EMDR to help our patients identify the roots of their emotional and psychological trauma. They also help our patients in addressing their painful past events and experiences so that they learn to manage their emotions and stressful thoughts in the presence of an experienced therapist. We also provide supportive techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness and visualization in order to replace their go-to addictive habits and behaviors. Overtime, EMDR helps our patients learn to regulate their emotions by reprocessing them, and reducing relapses. This can help them maintain long term sobriety and boost their self esteem.

Overview of EMDR Process

  • Identify root issues of addiction, such as trauma
  • Learn EMDR techniques to develop distance from traumatic experience
  • Manage stressful thoughts and triggers using EMDR skills
  • Replace negative emotions and beliefs with positive self-beliefs
  • Desensitize distress responses by learning to think and respond more rationally
  • Reprocess pain and trauma and promote healthier coping techniques

If you’re struggling with addiction related to past trauma or family history, please reach out to discuss how we can help you: 866-464-0953

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