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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy technique to help individuals struggling with addiction throughout their recovery journey. Through EMDR, individuals can gain insight into their addiction, develop better coping strategies, and find healthier ways of managing difficult emotions to remain free from drugs and alcohol. At Honu House Hawaii, we use EMDR to reduce the distress associated with past traumatic events that may be contributing to an individual’s substance abuse.

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What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a type of therapy that helps people process and work through traumatic experiences. EMDR is based on the idea that when a person experiences trauma, their brain can become stuck in a state of distress, and EMDR aims to help the brain process the trauma and move towards healing.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR works by helping the brain process traumatic memories. By focusing on a specific memory and engaging in a form of bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, EMDR can help the brain reprocess the memory in a way that is less distressing and more adaptive. This allows people to move towards healing and recovery.

What disorder is EMDR most commonly used to treat?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is most commonly used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR involves focusing on traumatic memories while engaging in rapid eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, bilateral stimulation. This therapy can help individuals reprocess traumatic experiences, reduce distressing symptoms, and improve overall well-being. It has also been found to be effective for other anxiety-related disorders, such as panic attacks, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.
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Is EMDR suitable for everyone?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. People with certain mental health conditions, such as psychosis or dissociative disorders, may not be suitable for EMDR. A thorough assessment by a trained mental health professional is needed to determine if EMDR is appropriate for an individual.

Can EMDR be used in conjunction with other therapies?

EMDR therapy can be used in conjunction with other therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or medication. It may also be used as part of an integrated treatment plan that includes various forms of therapy to address different aspects of an individual’s mental health needs.
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