As we’ve learned, there are many different scenarios that can lead to a substance abuse disorder. For some, addiction occurs after having been exposed to substance abuse during one’s childhood, which would be the case for the offspring of alcoholics and drug addicts. Then there are those who enter lives of substance abuse due to their peer and social circles. But arguably the most common scenario is that addiction develops after an extended period of time of an individual using alcohol or drugs to self-medication, often due to having experienced trauma at some point previously. For this reason, many individuals who suffer from forms of addiction are often dual-diagnosis patients who also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which is why eye movement desensitization and reprocessing has become a staple of substance abuse treatment.
While EMDR therapy isn’t typically used as the primary or main form of therapy in an addiction treatment program, it can be a great supplement to cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and group therapy, each of which plays a crucial role in recovery from substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, those who stand to gain the most from eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy are often the individuals who have suffered from some sort of prior trauma, whether it was physical or sexual or emotional abuse or perhaps the experience of having witnessed violent acts during childhood. No matter the circumstances, research has shown that individuals experience a marked improvement in their symptoms after participating in this therapy. For this reason, we at Serene Beginnings will continue to make this form of treatment one of several evidence-based, proven therapeutic methods for those who suffer from substance abuse problems.