EMDR for addictions

Addiction Therapy

EMDR can be adapted for addiction treatment through protocols like the “DeTUR” protocol (Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing).

This specialized addictions approach targets addiction triggers and cravings by identifying associated memories, emotions, and bodily sensations. During DeTUR sessions, individuals focus on these triggers while engaging in bilateral stimulation, often through eye movements. This process aims to desensitize the emotional charge of triggers and reprocess associated memories, reducing their power to induce cravings. By addressing the underlying trauma or distress contributing to addictive behaviors, DeTUR helps individuals develop healthier coping strategies and diminishes the urge to engage in addictive behaviors. With continued treatment, clients experience reduced cravings, improved self-regulation, and increased resilience in maintaining sobriety.

emdr for addictions

DeTUR protocol offers a promising avenue within the framework of EMDR for addressing the complex dynamics of addiction and trauma, facilitating sustainable recovery and enhanced well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

EMDR is a well research therapy initially designed for trauma. It differs from other therapies because it can be delivered using very little language. It is effective even when not disclosing your trauma to your therapist, this is called the “Silence Protocol”. This is ideal for high levels of shame.

It also can be used with other difficulties such as anxiety and peak performance.

EMDR can use imagery and be integrated with other approaches easily.

CBT is a well know therapy that is effective sleep, anxiety, trauma and performance.

It is an active therapy and it focusses in the maintaining factors of the difficulties.

CBT involves ERP, which is the gold standard therapy for OCD.

No, you don’t. However, we always recommend for people to reflect on what they want to take from sessions and/or what they would like to work on.

Therapy can last from 4 to 6 sessions for some people, and usually can take 8 to 14 sessions to work on specific areas. Sometimes, in complex cases session may be 20 to 30.

We are all individuals so best option would be to speak to one of our Mental Health Specialists.

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