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How We Incorporate EMDR Therapy Into Our Atlanta Rehab Program

Trauma is, by definition, a disturbing experience that can be hard for the brain to process. Witnessing the death of another human being, surviving a sexual assault, or being the victim of any violence can cause our brains to either go into overdrive or shut down. Often those who survive a traumatic experience cannot verbalize their thoughts and emotions around the experience because it is just too painful. 

Exploring one’s trauma can feel much like reliving the events and can result in feeling re-traumatized. EMDR therapy in Atlanta offers you a way to begin to treat your trauma with a proven approach.  Aspire Treatment Solutions understands how overwhelming it can be to face trauma, and we are here to support you. We have a wide range of programs tailored to your needs to help you move forward. 

What Is EMDR Therapy in Atlanta?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a therapy that can help you to process trauma. Trauma is a deeply distressing experience. Often the experience is so hard to comprehend that the person who suffered the trauma cannot make sense of it. With our EMDR therapy in Atlanta, we can help you work through the feelings, memories, and thoughts related to your trauma. 

EMDR is very effective in helping with trauma processing and can be thought of as psychotherapy for trauma.  EMDR is based on the Adaptive Information Processing theory and seeks to help you reprocess your trauma in a way that allows you to make more sense of it. During EMDR therapy, you will be asked to focus on a repetitive sound or movement while thinking about a specific traumatic memory. Over time, EMDR will shift how you react to the memory by helping you reprocess it. By reprocessing the trauma, you will be able to reduce the power the trauma holds over you and allows you to move toward healing. 

How Are Trauma and Substance Abuse Related?

Trauma can occur at any age, and researchers have spent a great deal of time exploring the link between trauma and substance abuse. The Centers for Disease Control found that childhood trauma significantly increases the risk for health problems, including substance abuse. Some studies suggest that more than seventy percent of those abusing substances experienced trauma in childhood. Trauma in childhood may be in the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or a combination of different types of abuse. Whether trauma occurs in childhood or adulthood, it is a significant risk factor for substance. 

Events such as experiencing combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or a sexual assault can all result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A history of trauma can lead you to turn to alcohol and drugs to cope with the memories and the feelings that come with those memories. EMDR therapy in Atlanta can provide you with a healthier approach to face those feelings so that you can stop relying on drugs and alcohol to survive. 

Get Help With Trauma and Substance Abuse Today

In Atlanta, Aspire Treatment has various programs to help you break the connection to addiction and create new, positive associations in recovery. Our multi-faced programs ranging from partial hospitalization to outpatient counseling will assist you in building tools for today and the future.  We’re here to help you build a foundation for long-term recovery with a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.  We know that each person’s recovery journey is unique, and we’re committed to helping you craft a recovery path that works for you.  Connect with us today to see how we can best support your success in recovery.

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