EMDR in the treatment of addictions


This paper discusses the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in addictions providing two case studies. Addictions have become a major public health problem impacting millions of individuals and their families. Although the etiology of addiction is multi-factorial clinical evidence shows that frequently the addictions are associated with concurrent mental health problem such as PTSD, or depression. Treating these concurrent conditions would help to reduce the negative impact of addictions. EMDR has been proven effective in the treatment of PTSD and Depression. Therefore EMDR can be used as one of the effective supportive therapies in addictions. Recent researches too support the effectiveness of using EMDR in the treatment of addictions. Further research is warranted to understand the total therapeutic impact of EMDR in treating addictions.






Ruwan M. Jayatunge

Original Work Citation

Jayatunge, J. M. (2014, March). EMDR in the treatment of addictions. Lankaweb. Retrieved from http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/03/24/emdr-in-the-treatment-of-addictions



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