therapist performing EMDR therapy on womanThere are a lot of relatively new therapies that a rehab center can offer to treat addiction. However, how many of them work, and how many are fads? One treatment that many people ask about is EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy). What is EMDR, and how can it help those who struggle with addiction?

What Is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. Most experts refer to it as a nontraditional form of psychotherapy. The reason is likely because of how new it is.

An EMDR therapy program can help people who struggle with substance use disorder. Also, it can help those with problems such as:

However, how does eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy work? It doesn’t rely on medications or traditional talk therapy methods. Instead, it focuses on rhythmic eye movements to hamper emotional events and traumatic memories. In some cases, it involves focusing on a sound.

What to Expect in an EMDR Therapy Program?

During EMDR therapy, therapists move a finger back and forth in front of their clients’ faces. While doing this, they ask the clients to follow the finger with their eyes. At the same time, the clients recall disturbing memories or events. Eventually, therapists have the clients shift their thoughts to pleasant memories.

The idea is that the back and forth movement of the eyes helps people process information. Thinking of positive thoughts right after the negative ones assists the brain with reprocessing emotional attachments to those negative memories.

Usually, an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy session lasts about 90 minutes and might require multiple sessions. It’s normal for people to repeat the process until the distress from the negative memories dissipates.

How Effective Is EMDR?

Like any form of counseling, EMDR therapy is more beneficial to some people than others. Few studies about its effectiveness exist. However, most experts agree that it doesn’t pose any mental health risk. As a result, there’s no harm in trying an EMDR therapy program to see if it helps.

The studies that do exist show that EMDR is more effective in combination with other types of therapy. Because of that, it’s important for people to find a rehab center that offers a range of addiction therapy services. Still, EMDR is harmless and worth a try for anyone who has an addiction or another mental illness.

In fact, that’s one of the major draws of EMDR. It not only helps people with addiction but also underlying problems that might cause addiction. For that reason, it’s a great complement to Austin dual diagnosis treatment.

Let San Antonio Recovery Center Lead You to Sobriety

It seems as if Texas addiction rehab programs are a dime a dozen. However, there’s at least one rehab center that goes above and beyond the others. At San Antonio Recovery Center, we pride ourselves on offering affordable and reliable rehab services. We even have a trauma therapy program in San Antonio, TX.

Of course, San Antonio Recovery Center has more than just EMDR therapy. We aim to address your needs through gender-specific care geared towards men and women. Whether you’re male or female, we can help you deal with the challenges that you face. In order to achieve that, our staff will create a custom treatment plan using services such as:

Take a chance on a treatment program that can help you overcome addiction quicker. Learn more about EMDR therapy and if it’s the right option for you. Contact San Antonio Recovery Center at 866.957.7885 for more information.