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EMDR for Teen Addiction Recovery

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EMDR for Teen Addiction Recovery

Inspirations for Youth and Families offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is a form of psychotherapy that uses many therapeutic techniques. It teaches clients how to address extreme trauma or stress. EMDR takes participants through eight phases that allows them to see disturbing or distressing memories in a positive way.

What does this mean for recovering teens?

For teens in recovery, EMDR therapy helps to end their addictive and destructive behavior. EMDR therapy removes the need for these teens in addiction recovery to regress to drugs or alcohol. An addiction often stems from painful or traumatic memories that those experiencing trauma wish to escape from. By teaching teens how to properly and effectively confront their trauma, they will no longer have the need to use addictive drugs or alcohol.

The eight phases of EMDR:

  • History and Treatment planning
  • Preparations
  • Assessments
  • Desensitization
  • Installation
  • Body Scan
  • Closure
  • Revaluation

These phases are carefully executed to treat and monitor patients undergoing major trauma. These combined techniques have been researched by an array of therapist to ensure the success of this treatment. Depending on the severity of the patient’s diagnosis each phase of the treatment can take one to four sessions.


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