EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) | Pacific Solstice


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)


The EMDR for Addiction Program at Pacific Solstice Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is designed specifically for our drug and alcohol abusers and addicts. Our rehab has been utilizing trained EMDR clinicians from day 1. Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered and named the therapy Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. In 1990, Dr. Shapiro founded the EMDR Institute and has been treating victims of all types of trauma as well as addicts. Since then, many other practitioners, including our therapists have been trained in EMDR therapy at the EMDR Institute and have used it to great success with patients. Our EMDR for Addiction therapy program works by using sensory, auditory and/or visual neurostimulation and bilateral stimulation to desensitize and reprocess the trauma associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

Research shows that EMDR can quickly and efficiently change the brain’s acceptance of new beliefs and behavior patterns. This means that the old, ingrained desire to use alcohol or drugs to soothe one self is replaced with a new ability to stay sober-sometimes with much less effort than with other forms of treatment. The old, tired, and repetitive brain message screaming out for you to use fades back and is replaced by a new positive and strong message that makes you want to stay sober (through desensitizing and reprocessing). Neuroscientists call this brain change process neuroplasticity.

As one of the most researched psychotherapeutic treatments for trauma, EMDR has been studied among many groups of patients, including military veterans and victims of sexual assault. Most of Pacific Solstice clinicians have been utilizing EMDR in treatment centers for military veterans and victims of military sexual trauma. Our rehab therapists have worked with vets utilizing EMDR for years.

Discovered in the 1980s, EMDR was first used to treat PTSD patients. Early studies demonstrated that EMDR was as effective as or more effective than traditional forms of therapy, such as “talk” therapy, in eliminating emotional distress related to disturbing memories. The goal of the EMDR for our drug and alcohol treatment program is to give the still-suffering addict new tools to get sober and remain sober. We want to continue our work helping hundreds and hundreds of addicts experience freedom from their addiction.

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