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When someone wants to overcome substance abuse or mental health issues, they have a variety of options available. While the effectiveness of any treatment will depend on individual circumstances, an increasing number of people are turning to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

 

First developed in 1987, EMDR is newer than many other therapies. Over its decades of existence, though, it’s proven effective in treating a variety of conditions. Whether you’re dealing with substance use disorder or a mental health diagnosis, EMDR offers hope. The first step to getting better, though, is understanding what this therapy offers. If you’re ready to find a treatment plan that works for you, contact Transformations at Mending Fences today.

What Is EMDR Therapy, and How Does It Work?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that assists clients in accessing and processing trauma. It takes place under the supervision of a trained therapist and involves recalling distressing images and bilateral stimulation. Sessions typically last from 60 to 90 minutes and often reduce the overall length of treatment. Substance abuse and psychiatric conditions frequently stem from traumatic events. EMDR therapy helps to process these memories so that an adaptive resolution can take place. There are three integral aspects to this therapy:

  1. Processing of past events and the formation of new associative links
  2. Desensitization of triggers — both internal and external — along with targeting current stressful circumstances
  3. Incorporation of imagined situations, activities or objects to build adaptive functioning abilities for the future

EMDR therapy works by stimulating both sides of the brain through bilateral movement. Clients often watch their therapist move their finger back and forth while processing traumatic memories. This bilateral stimulation allows patients to bypass the area of their brain that’s preventing healing. Mental health and addiction issues are often hard to treat because their underlying causes go ignored. This is exactly what EMDR therapy focuses on. The processing of these memories often leads to a peaceful resolution and gainful insight. This is absolutely essential for effective treatment.

What Can EMDR Therapy Treat?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing was first used on patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This was an obvious choice considering the therapy focuses on past traumas. Over the years, however, its therapeutic use has expanded. Studies have shown support for EMDR treatment for each of the following conditions:

  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis with co-morbid trauma
  • Panic disorder
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Dissociative disorder
  • Stress management symptoms
  • Anxiety disorder

While EMDR therapy can help with each of these issues, it’s important to remember that no two individuals are alike. What works for one person may not be effective for another. That’s why the professionals from Transformations at Mending Fences build customized treatment plans for each of their clients. When you’re within our walls, we’ll focus on an approach that works best for you. This may include EMDR therapy, but other strategies may be better suited for you. Contact us today to learn more about how our holistic approach to wellness can help you take your life back.

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Building a Treatment Plan

It’s rare that someone suffering from substance abuse or psychological disorders will only undergo one therapy. A multi-front approach often offers better results, and this is why an effective treatment plan will typically include multiple therapies. At Mending Fences, you’ll sit down with a certified professional to decide which approaches work best for you. Any reputable facility typically provides a variety of treatment methods — including EMDR therapy — but offerings can differ between facilities. Transformations at Mending Fences provides each of the following in addition to EMDR:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Anxiety management
  • Art therapy
  • Equine-assisted psychotherapy
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Adventure therapy

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. That’s why we’re proud to provide one of the widest therapeutic offerings available. You’ll also have access to peer-support groups, a fitness center, focused programs for veteran treatment, partial hospitalization and more. Because when fighting substance abuse or psychiatric disorders, you want as many tools as possible.

The Time to Seek Help Is Now

If you’re living with mental health or substance abuse issues, imagining a life free from these constraints may seem difficult. Thankfully, it is possible to get everything back on track. Transformations at Mending Fences offers a variety of proven therapies that can help you take control and live a meaningful and healthy life. EMDR therapy is just one of the many approaches offered at Transformations. We build every treatment plan around the unique needs of each client we serve. If you’re ready to get on the path to wellness, contact us to learn more. The quicker you get started on the road to recovery, the easier your journey to healing will be.

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  • American Psychological Association https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/exposure-therapy]https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/exposure-therapy
  • Department of Veterans Affairs https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand_tx/emdr.asp]https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand_tx/emdr.asp