The desensitization of triggers and urge reprocessing (DeTUR) protocol



The DeTUR method is an urge reduction protocol used as the center of an overall methodology for the treatment of a wide range of chemical addictions and dysfunctional behaviors. This method was developed and refined by the author through client interaction and feedback from other EMDR-trained therapists using the same protocol. The purpose of the protocol is to uncover the core traumas and reprocess them through to completion. In achieving reprocessing, the triggers no longer stimulate the need to use or act out and the new response becomes the positive treatment goal of coping and functioning successfully in life as determined by the client. This chapter presents DeTUR script notes; the steps of DeTUR; the DeTUR protocol script; and a desensitizing trigger worksheet.


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Arnold J. "AJ" Popky

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“The desensitization of triggers and urge reprocessing (DeTUR) protocol,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed August 4, 2021,

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