Addiction therapy helps people deal with the day to day experience of having an addiction, while also carefully navigating healing past trauma. Addiction therapy is complex because there are many variables that influence the outcome. Oftentimes, clients are dealing with an actual physical addiction which makes it physically painful to quit “cold turkey”. Oftentimes, clients are using the substance to manage other underlying mental health issues, such as social anxiety, PTSD, loneliness, etc. We understand the complexity of the issue, the ambivalence that comes with facing change, and we know that it needs to be addressed from all sides.
We use modalities like motivational interviewing to address ambivalence; the, DTUR Protocol (EMDR) in order to desensitize triggers and reduce urges, EMDR Standard Protocol to heal from past trauma, and CBT in order to challenge the way clients think about themselves and the substance.
What is Addiction Therapy?
Motivational Interviewing - Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person's own motivation to change. People often feel ambivalent, or torn in two directions, about changing addictive behavior. We understand that if it wasn’t serving a purpose you wouldn't be doing it. For example, why would you want to stop drinking alcohol if it is the only way that you can overcome your social anxiety? Motivational interviewing can help people overcome ambivalence and find clarity.
DeTur protocol - The Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing (DeTUR) method is an urge reduction protocol. We use it to target addiction in order to reduce triggers that normally cause the client to use (food, alcohol, etc), and reduce the intensity of the urge around using. This method also allows clients to clearly visualize a happy life without the substance use or targeted behavior. Clients can clearly visualize a path to a life of freedom without the chains of addiction.
Engaging in EMDR to recover from trauma can lead to a change in how a person feels. Reducing symptoms of trauma can make it much easier to stop engaging in addictive behaviors