EMDR Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

Substance abuse does not encapsulate the entirety of the disease of addiction. It is the resulting symptom of underlying emotional and psychological maladies, often formed as a coping mechanism. The first step in addressing substance abuse is separating the addict from their drug of choice. Once that step is taken, those underlying maladies can be properly treated.

These emotional and psychological issues often stem from traumatic events experienced by the addict earlier in their lives. Their substance abuse is an attempt to block thoughts of those events from their mind to avoid severe emotional distress. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy offers patients a method of processing their trauma while minimizing the emotional disturbance experienced.

EMDR therapy involves several steps you and your therapist will complete together. First, specific traumatic memories will be identified and chosen for treatment. Then, your therapist will work with you to develop skills to manage stress. Once you have achieved competency with these stress management tools, the therapist will begin EMDR therapy to treat those memories identified earlier in your sessions. You will be asked to concentrate on one of these traumatic memories as the therapist guides you through specific eye movements to draw your focus. Then, you will be asked to let your mind clear, maintaining awareness of any thoughts or emotions you encounter. You may require several sessions for a specific traumatic memory to be successfully processed.

EMDR therapy’s efficacy has been shown through many medical studies, and it is one of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs top choices for treating PTSD in soldiers. EMDR therapy is just one of the many resources available at Evolutions Treatment Center. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of care in a variety of disciplines, addressing all facets of your substance abuse and its resulting impacts on your health and wellness. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and take the first step towards a life free from addiction.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visitwww.evolutionstreatment.com