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Trauma Therapy and EMDR

Program:Trauma Therapy During Drug Rehab

Providing Effective & Compassionate Services in Arizona

Studies have found a direct correlation between drug and alcohol addiction and trauma. Acceptance Recovery Center has a compassionate and effective trauma treatment program. Our highly experienced trauma therapy team works with the client to accurately diagnose the types of trauma, as well as the severity, and use a comprehensive, holistic approach to healing.

An individualized trauma treatment plan will be created for the client which will incorporate a variety of therapies, including but not limited to; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Reprocessing (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Differing client needs require more substantive choices in behavioral health care. This is the foundation of our programs serving individual needs best.

EMDR Helps Put Distance between Past Trauma and Today

Past memories of traumatic events, left unresolved, often lead people to self-medicate in order to numb the pain. For clients in addiction treatment here at our Center, we believe that finding the source of personal pain can be eye-opening and life-altering.

Through the use of EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, the mind and the body are able to truly heal from past trauma, by repositioning how a person remembers the trauma and perceives the harm it continues to produce. While traditional psychotherapies often take years to help undo the pain of a single traumatic event, EMDR fast-tracks the healing. To date, this type of therapy has helped millions of people who have suffered with PTSD and other stress- and trauma-related emotional hardships.

How EMDR Works

Although most clients will experience immense benefits within the first three sessions of EMDR therapy, the typical program involves eight 90-minute sessions.

The focus of this treatment will cover a person’s past, present and their future. While other external stimuli can be used during the session sequence, such as the tapping of a hand or sound, EMDR therapists will commonly use lateral movements of the eye.

After a client has revealed to their therapist what traumatic event(s) are causing them pain and/or blocking them from moving forward emotionally, a session can focus on one particular trauma. The client will focus on the trauma or certain aspects of the trauma, while following  the movement of  the EMDR therapists’s hand as it goes from right side to left, up to down, etc.

Similar to our biological process involved with REM sleep, a client’s memory and perception of the trauma will shift from a focus of horror, pain, and victimization to personal empowerment and survival. This takes place with minimal discussion or talk therapy from the clinician and more from an intellectual and emotional realization from the client.

Through careful and strategic communication, the EMDR therapist instructs the client to use specific replacement imagery and other stress reduction practices to help curb the discomfort of traumatic memory recall during and in-between sessions.

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Why Trauma Transitions from the Past to Live in the Present

For those who have endured jarring situations that would make one question humanity, such as moments on the battlefield while at war, sexual assault, living in poverty, or being raised in a household with an abusive parent, the legacy of that pain can shatter the soul. Many believe that healing isn’t possible and living with heartache is one’s life path.

EMDR and trauma therapy can change the course of your today and tomorrow by minimizing the painful meaning of past traumas. When people experience trauma and continue to carry it with them, they undergo a process:

  • Reliving the imagery of the trauma
  • Creating and believing something bad about oneself
  • Experiencing certain physical feelings and emotions brought about by the memory

Over time, people can also develop other visual cues that will signal the resurgence of the traumatic memory. Familiar senses that can be emotionally skewed as relatable to the traumatic event can also take place. For example, the scent from a garden of roses might bring about the memory of a trauma if an abuser wore rose fragrant perfume.

Trauma Therapy Is Essential to Long-Term Sobriety

No one can minimize the pain of trauma. However, if left untreated, the distress of past situations can quickly rise to the surface and give reason for addiction relapse or the initial reason to use drugs and alcohol. While we cannot change the past, we can change the way it affects us.

Acceptance Recovery Center provides a variety of trauma treatment therapies that bring comfort, calm, and personal confidence in our clients as they continue through lifelong addiction recovery.

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