EMDR to enhance recovery from addiction: Preventing relapse cycle


Substance abuse is the most central cause of social damage. Non-adaptive model of drug use marks in adverse problems and consequences that are addressed very sophisticatedly in the recovery process. Yet the relapse rate notably high and little focus has been given to exist preparation to prevent the relapse cycle during rehabilitation. The greatest challenges of maintaining sober life is to deal with the triggering feelings, attitude, and behavior encountered in real life situation after return. Not to mention, the running into the triggering time, place, person or event in everyday life at home and society. The present study aims to address these two future challenges through AIP model of EMDR before discharge from rehabilitation centre. The purpose it to use inverted protocol to build positive future template helpful to face the challenges of outside world. Randomized control trial will be used to explore the effectiveness of EMDR future template to prevent the relapse cycle. Measure of distress level, social connectedness and case report will be the outcome measures to recognize the change in recovery process. Both before, during, and after EMDR session comparison will be analyzed to see the significant effect.






Shaheen Islam

Original Work Citation

e-Rahman, N., & Islam, S. (2020, January). EMDR to enhance recovery from addiction: Preventing relapse cycle. Paper presented at the 4th EMDR Asia International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand


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