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A man in EMDR therapy in MississippiThe best addiction therapy programs provide patients with access to a wide range of therapy models. One of the most important aspects of treating addiction is the consideration of underlying trauma. EMDR trauma therapy is an effective method of helping a patient heal from the trauma that may be a contributing factor to addiction.

Woodland Recovery Center is a leading provider of addiction treatment services in Mississippi. We offer EMDR therapy in Mississippi as part of our inpatient addiction treatment program.

Call 662.222.2989 today to learn more about EMDR therapy for addiction at Woodland Recovery Center.

What Is EMDR Treatment?

EMDR stands for “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.” This unique treatment method is one of the few types of therapy designed specifically for treating trauma.

As the name implies, EMDR treatment utilizes targeted eye movement in combination with other therapy techniques. The specific eye movements used in EMDR trigger the brain’s memory system. Over a series of EMDR sessions, traumatic memories are released and reintegrated in a safe, supportive setting.

The Benefits of an EMDR Therapy Program

Patients who participate in EMDR experience significant long-term benefits. One of the key outcomes of an EMDR session is that a patient’s trauma response is significantly reduced.

Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intrusive memories
  • Sensitive startle response
  • Memory issues
  • Mood swings

An EMDR therapy program can significantly decrease or even stop these common signs of PTSD. As the patient’s brain is able to reintegrate the traumatic events, they encounter a sense of healing and resolution.

How EMDR Trauma Therapy Supports Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a highly complex behavioral health condition. No two individuals have the same relationship with substance use or the same combination of life events that have led to substance use.

However, certain life experiences can significantly contribute the the chances of an individual developing a substance use disorder. Unresolved trauma is one of the most common life experiences associated with addiction.

Common situations that lead to the development of trauma include:

  • Abuse in childhood
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Car accidents
  • Witnessing violence
  • Experiencing a severe illness
  • Losing a loved one
  • Working as an emergency responder
  • Serving as an active-duty member of the military

For many individuals, substance use disorder develops as a means of coping with the thoughts, feelings, and memories associated with a traumatic event. EMDR therapy for addiction aims to help patients heal from trauma.

EMDR offered at an addiction treatment center helps patients explore how trauma has contributed to addiction and how they can choose different, healthier responses if they find themselves struggling with trauma-related challenges in the future.

What to Expect from Our EMDR Trauma Therapy

The EMDR trauma therapy program at Woodland Recovery Center is designed to help patients heal from trauma as one element of a comprehensive treatment program.

We offer initial assessment and diagnosis, helping patients identify whether EMDR therapy would be an effective form of treatment for them. If a patient appears to be living with unhealed trauma, we recommend they undergo EMDR therapy as part of their inpatient treatment program.

EMDR is a short-term therapy. When a patient begins treatment, they meet with a therapist to discuss goals for the sessions. This typically involves identifying the traumatic events and any possible impact on mental, emotional, or behavioral health.

Most patients report experiencing significant lasting benefits after undergoing just a few sessions of EMDR therapy.

Ask About EMDR Therapy for Addiction in Mississippi at Woodland Recovery Center 

At Woodland Recovery Center, we understand that treating addiction without treating underlying trauma is unlikely to produce lasting results. Our inpatient treatment programs offer holistic support, simultaneously providing treatment for both substance use and untreated trauma.

Give us a call today at 662.222.2989 or contact us online to learn more about addiction treatment and EMDR therapy at Woodland Recovery Center.