EMDR applied to reprocess the addiction memory in alcohol addicted in-patients – Outcome and follow-up data of a clinical study
Substance abuse and its sequels often mean intense suffering for the individual and huge costs for society. Established treatment modalities, as good as they are, lack effectiveness. Comorbid PTST with substance abusers is more the rule, than the exception. So the integration of traumatherapy, especially EMDR, into addiciton therapy seems necessary. Recent research in the field of neuroscience has shown that most experience is automatically processed on subcortical levels, i.e., by "unconscious" interpretations that are made outside of conscious awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. The concept of an addiction memory is helpful. It can be understood as a form maladaptive memory and EMDR could be the tool for resolution. Targeting the addiction memory and reprocessing should lead to a reduction in craving. Date of a study on alcohol addicted inpatient support the hypothesis. Data shown include outcome and follow-up data. Reprocessing of the addiction memory could lead to EMDR protocol beyond the EMDR Chemical Dependency Treatment Manual. Participants will be able to understand the concept of the addiction memory and its implications for therapy. They will be able to identify targets for EMDR. Video of treatment sessions illustrate common principles and differences.
Original Work Citation
Hase, M. H. (2006, September). EMDR applied to reprocess the addiction memory in alcohol addicted in-patients ? Outcome and follow-up data of a clinical study. Presentation at the 11th EMDR International Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA
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