EMDR Serves as a Key Component in Successful Treatment Programs

There’s a lot to consider when researching rehab centers for yourself or a loved one. Do you want one close to home or farther away from unhealthy relationships and environments? Do you need a center that accepts insurance? Do you need to undergo a medically supervised detox?

Of course, the most important thing to consider is whether or not your rehab center of choice is effective in treating addiction. It’s wise to consider whether or not a rehab program acknowledges and addresses the root causes of addiction to best prepare participants to successfully live a life of sobriety.

Read on to learn more about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), the power it holds to address some common root causes of addiction, and DARA Thailand—a leading rehab that offers this particular therapy.


Stress as a Root Cause of Addiction

One common root cause of addiction to drugs or alcohol is psychological trauma in one’s past. Major traffic accidents, acts of violence, the unexpected loss of a loved one, or abuse of any kind are all examples of stressful experiences that can affect someone’s psyche.

If you experienced a stressful experience but were unable to process those memories in a constructive way, the effects can be devastating. Any reminder of the event can reignite the original feelings you experienced when the event first occurred. It can be difficult to separate the past from the present and reestablish a sense of safety and confidence. This ultimately puts you at an increased risk of anxiety, depression, addiction, and PTSD.

At this point, many men and women turn to drugs and alcohol to numb those painful memories and feelings. In time, dependency and addiction can result. In order to be truly effective, rehab must address these underlying causes of addiction rather than just the addiction itself.


Using EMDR to Heal from Traumatic Events

EMDR is a psychotherapy specifically designed to help men and women reprocess stressful memories in a constructive way. Addicts who can come to terms with the negative experiences that have plagued them are more likely to have a successful recovery. 

EMDR tends to work very quickly, and many participants report some improvements after just the first session. In a session, the participant and therapist will start by establishing particular goals. From there, the addict will be asked to discuss certain memories, feelings, and images while the therapist uses distracting stimuli—such as the rhythmic movement of the therapist’s hand or auditory clicks in headphones.

This therapy isn’t hypnotic and participants stay in control of their words and thoughts. The stimuli, however, sparks the brain to begin reprocessing the memory being discussed in a new way. After a short time, the therapist will take a break to ask what feelings or emotions have come up so far. Participants are asked to concentrate on the most striking change in those feelings as they move forward and repeat the exercise.

This repeated practice ultimately diminishes the intensity of painful memories and allows participants to form new perspectives that make stressful experiences feel less threatening in the present—freeing them to move on with their lives.

As with any therapy, it’s important that these sessions be conducted by a trusted, licensed therapist who will follow established protocols throughout each session.


EMDR as Part of a Complete Treatment Plan

Although EMDR is a powerful and effective technique for processing traumatic memories, it works best as an adjunct to other addiction therapies. A well-rounded treatment plan will use EMDR to address an addict’s past, while other therapies will help them process their present and plan for their future.


DARA Thailand, a leading rehab center in Asia, offers a long list of therapies alongside EMDR, including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Person-centered Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Schema-focused Therapy

Transactional Analysis

Relapse Prevention Therapy

Behavioral Modification

Motivational Interviewing

Reality Therapy/Choice Theory

Gestalt Therapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Solution-focused Brief Therapy

And more


DARA Thailand’s treatment plans combine both group and one-on-one therapy sessions. Group therapy allows residents to practice healthy relationships and learn from one other’s experiences and perspectives. One-on-one therapy sessions gives residents the space to be vulnerable and honest with themselves as they work through deep-seated issues. 

It’s also important that these therapies be offered in an environment that is conducive to success. For example, DARA Thailand offers resort facilities that include a pool, spa, and gym. Delicious and healthy meals are served three times a day, and on the weekends, residents take fun excursions to explore the beauty of Thailand and unwind after their week in therapy.

When EMDR is offered at a rehab center alongside other therapies and in an environment where residents will be comfortable—as is the case at DARA Thailand—addicts are given a greater chance at healing and long term success.


Learn More About the Benefits of EMDR

Would you like to learn more about the use of EMDR in therapy? Check out this short video, where Iva Pervan, Licensed Psychologist and Program Manager at DARA Thailand, discusses the history of this powerful therapy and what participants can expect from their sessions:




Learn More About DARA Thailand

DARA Thailand is a leading rehab center in Asia that serves drug and alcohol addicts from around the world. To learn more about their therapies, program, staff, and facilities, simply visit their website or save their Rehabs Finder listing as a favorite. Rehabs Finder makes it easy to compare Dara Thailand to other leading centers around the world as you search for the one that’s right for you or your loved one.