Can EMDR therapy help with addiction?

Can EMDR therapy help with addiction?

Can EMDR therapy help with addiction?

Addiction is a complex disorder that can have a profound and lasting effect on an individual’s life. In recent years, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has emerged as a promising treatment for addiction. This therapy aims to help individuals process unresolved trauma and negative emotions that may have contributed to their addiction. In this blog post, we’ll explore how EMDR therapy works and how it can be useful in treating addiction.

EMDR therapy focuses on reprocessing traumatic memories by guiding clients through a series of eye movements while they recall distressing experiences. These eye movements are thought to facilitate the processing of the traumatic memory, enabling the client to integrate the experience and move past it. While originally designed to treat PTSD, EMDR has been found to be helpful in treating other conditions, including addiction.

One theory that explains why EMDR may be effective in treating addiction is the self-medication hypothesis. This hypothesis suggests that individuals with addiction may be using substances to cope with underlying emotional pain or trauma. EMDR therapy can help individuals identify and overcome these root causes of their addiction, reducing the need for substance use as a coping mechanism.

Additionally, addiction can cause changes in an individual’s brain chemistry that lead to increased anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions. EMDR therapy has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, which can improve an individual’s overall mental health and reduce the risk of relapse.

While EMDR therapy is not a cure for addiction, it can be a useful tool in a comprehensive treatment plan. It’s important to seek out a qualified and experienced therapist who is trained in providing EMDR therapy for addiction. At Orlando Thrive Therapy, we offer EMDR therapy for a range of conditions, including addiction. Our licensed and experienced therapists can help you identify the root causes of your addiction and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.


If you’re struggling with addiction and are seeking a new approach to treatment, EMDR therapy may be right for you. At Orlando Thrive Therapy, we offer compassionate and effective care to help you overcome addiction and reclaim your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our EMDR therapy services. With our support and guidance, you can take the first step towards lasting recovery.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.