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Therapy Profile: EMDR For Trauma

Addiction is a complex disease. Most people simply think of it as a problem with using drugs or drinking too much. Others realize that the drugs and alcohol are just a symptom. It is sometimes thought of as a moral issue, other times a lack of self-discipline or willpower. Some realize that it is none of the above, but a problem with the brain’s wiring. Some believe it is nurture, the result of a poor upbringing, but there are many addicts for whom this was not the case. So what is it?

The truth is that addiction is many things, and while science knows more about it than ever before, there is much to learn.

Women And Addiction

You may or may not be surprised to learn that it is only in the past 20 years or so that researchers have begun to study women’s addiction. Prior to that, addiction studies were limited to men. Other things that have been discovered about addiction and treatment are that not all treatment strategies work for everyone. Treatment centers that take a multidisciplinary approach have higher success rates.

Relapse And Addiction

Another area that has seen progress is that of relapse prevention. In the past, people were often confused by relapse. Why would someone who has gotten clean and sober and improved their life go back to using? While there is no one right answer for this, it’s been found that unaddressed trauma is a major factor in addiction relapse, particularly among women.

Trauma And Addiction

Does trauma cause addiction? What comes first? Again, there are no hard and fast answers to this question, but what is known is there is a strong connection between trauma and substance abuse.

Additionally, many people who are caught in the grips of addiction will suffer from trauma, even if they weren’t previously exposed to trauma prior to using. The very nature of the addict lifestyle lends itself to violence, exploitation and emotional distress. In short, there’s a very good chance that an average woman entering a treatment facility has been exposed to childhood trauma, trauma as an adolescent and trauma as an adult. This trauma may range from sexual abuse, domestic violence, other violent crime, witnessing violence, grief and loss.

How Trauma Plays A Part In Relapse

Relapse rates for women leaving treatment are notoriously high. Women often successfully graduate treatment programs and go on to remain clean and sober for weeks, months and years but then fall back into using. What happens to cause this? Why do some women relapse repeatedly, often dying as a result of their addiction when they have seen what life in sobriety is like?

The answer often lies in unaddressed trauma. Many times, treatment helps addicts by addressing the addiction, removing the addict from the lifestyle and altering habits and behaviors. These are all good things, of course. Yes, a person struggling with addiction should learn new habits and behaviors, should learn about addiction and can benefit greatly by a change in scenery. But unless some core issues are addressed, the pattern of relapse may continue.

How EMDR Treats Trauma

There are many ways trauma and PTSD can be addressed. Counseling and different types of therapy will see success over time. However, trauma therapy is often a long road. This is often why treatment centers don’t touch it. They realize that 30, 60 or even 90 days isn’t sufficient time to delve deep into issues that have long been under the surface.

Fortunately, there are tools that can help. EMDR therapy is one such tool. It has been used to treat trauma and PTSD in war veterans, survivors of sexual assault and violent crime, and survivors of trauma such as car accidents and natural disasters.

What Is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Although that may sound a bit intimidating, EMDR is a proven, safe and effective method of helping individuals heal from trauma without the use of addictive medications. This is good news, because although the use of medications can alleviate many of the symptoms of trauma and PTSD, it is only a band-aid, not a cure.

EMDR does not involve drugs, electrical shocks or hypnosis. EMDR sessions are typically an hour in duration, and treatment may span from three sessions up to a dozen or more, depending on the situation. EMDR is recognized as an effective treatment for PTSD by the World Health Organization, The Department of Defense and the American Psychiatric Association.

EMDR treatment

What happens in an EMDR Session?

The session is facilitated by a mental health professional who is trained and certified in EMDR therapy. The clinician will take some time to get to know you and your situation, then will select a memory to target first. As the client, you will then spend some time recalling this memory. The clinician will have you track a side to side movement with your eyes. This may sound odd, but this triggers changes in the brain. This is one phase of the process, but it is at the core of the treatment. The EMDR session involves reprocessing the memories that have caused you to struggle in life, and become desensitized to the triggers that can inflict physiological reactions to certain stimuli, resulting in emotional breakdowns, panic attacks and flashbacks.

People who have received EMDR for trauma report not only being freed from the pain of trauma, but also feeling empowered and confident in their ability to handle their emotions and memories. All this without medications or years spent in talk therapy.

EMDR challenges the long-held belief that treatment for trauma and PTSD must take years of work. It instead subscribes to the belief, backed by data, that the brain strives for normalcy and will heal itself, just as the body does. EMDR facilitates the brain’s natural capacity to heal, and for survivors of trauma, can help prevent years of debilitating PTSD and trauma symptoms that often lead to self-medication and other destructive behavior.

EMDR Trauma Therapy At Wayside House

Wayside House is a treatment center for women and offers a variety of treatments designed to help women heal and recover from addiction. Activities such as yoga and massage, horticulture therapy and equine therapy all work together to create a comprehensive treatment experience that creates long-lasting change in the lives of women who complete the program. Our treatment doesn’t just treat the addict, it treats the whole woman. We offer trauma therapy including EMDR and treatment for women with co-occurring disorders. Wayside House also offers aftercare and alumni programs. Call Wayside House at 800-655-0817 today to schedule a confidential consultation.

Testimonials

  • “Thank you Wayside for being there for her when she needed your help the most!!!”   Woohoo!!! 

  • Wayside taught me how to be a woman and live life clean & sober!

    Alexandra N.

  • “Wayside is more than treatment. It is a home. I grew up emotionally in that little house. I was there for 9 months and they were the best 9 months of my life. To have time to learn about yourself and take the time to focus on yourself is such a blessing. The plants I planted are still there. I see them in the photos. Such a special place!!”

    Amanda O.

  • This is an excellent treatment facility and all women down in Delray Beach, FL. …if you have anything you can send to help these young/older women, believe me anything is appreciated. This place and God did wonders for my girl.

    Amy G

  • Wayside House is where i went to rehab & they are AMAZING!! Its a 90 day program & alot of the girls have absolutely nothing when they move into the house. If your feel generous, or just want to help, it’s a worthy cause!!  Mandy W.

  • “What a rich heritage Wayside House has!”

    Allen S.

  • “It was so nice to hear from Wayside House.  I am still employed and I love my job!!! I will have 9 months on the 21st of October…..All thanks to Wayside and you ladies at the Posner Center!!!!🤗”

    Rita P.

  • “Tonight’s Wayside House Anniversary meeting and listening to the journey’s with 1,2,6,22,29 and 33 years in sobriety empowered my heart! So happy for one of the girls I sent to Wayside House.”

    Katrin O.

  • “Wayside does such good work in our community.” 

    Jan S.

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      What People Are Saying

      • “I have always supported Wayside House — I know women who have come through their program and support all they do. If you don’t know about this fabulous place I encourage you to become involved and find out more — they are an anchor in Delray Beach and their history speaks for itself.” 

        Nancy S.

      • “I went through Wayside House & it was the first place that actually felt like home to me. The staff actually care about their clients and their sobriety. I worked through so much here without fear of being judged. I love wayside & it will always have a special place in my heart along with ALL the amazing women who work there.”

        Mandy W

      • I so wish I could tell the girls how much Wayside saved my life,  and after 31 years sober, it still is just “One Day at a Time” and “The Serenity Prayer.” I will always remember those first days of being at Wayside and how the girls , the counselors , and the House put me back on track to living a fulfilled and Sober life . I followed the AA steps, got a wonderful sponsor and have followed that path ever since. — Pamela R.

      • “Thank you Wayside for being there for her when she needed your help the most!!!”   Woohoo!!! 

      • Wayside taught me how to be a woman and live life clean & sober!

        Alexandra N.

      • “Wayside is more than treatment. It is a home. I grew up emotionally in that little house. I was there for 9 months and they were the best 9 months of my life. To have time to learn about yourself and take the time to focus on yourself is such a blessing. The plants I planted are still there. I see them in the photos. Such a special place!!”

        Amanda O.

      • This is an excellent treatment facility and all women down in Delray Beach, FL. …if you have anything you can send to help these young/older women, believe me anything is appreciated. This place and God did wonders for my girl.

        Amy G

      • Wayside House is where i went to rehab & they are AMAZING!! Its a 90 day program & alot of the girls have absolutely nothing when they move into the house. If your feel generous, or just want to help, it’s a worthy cause!!  Mandy W.

      • Allen S.

        “What a rich heritage Wayside House has!”

      • Rita P.

        “It was so nice to hear from Wayside House.  I am still employed and I love my job!!! I will have 9 months on the 21st of October…..All thanks to Wayside and you ladies at the Posner Center!!!!🤗”

      • Katrin O.

        “Tonight’s Wayside House Anniversary meeting and listening to the journey’s with 1,2,6,22,29 and 33 years in sobriety empowered my heart! So happy for one of the girls I sent to Wayside House.”

      • Jan S.

        “Wayside does such good work in our community.” 

      • Leah J.

        “I just wanted to thank you for how you and the team make the world a better place.  I won’t claim to understand the things you sacrifice, but you are truly wonderful for doing so.“

      • Janine T.

        “I  highly recommend Wayside Women’s in Delray Beach. My daughter completed their wonderful program, she’ll have 2 years July 1st. They have an active alumni. I couldn’t say enough good things about them, they’ve been doing this since mid70’s.”

      • Stacy J.

        “ Thankful for my sobriety and for Wayside! “

      • Susan B.

        “Wayside House was and is an amazing place to me. I am on a journey that is better than I could have ever imagined. The strength of the women that came before me, that are beside me, and those that are there now teach me how to live “.

      • Lisa D.

        “Wayside saved my life and I will never be able to repay them for everything they have done for me.”

      • Dolores A.

        “Wayside house saved my daughter’s life. She transformed into the beautiful woman I knew she could be. It’s only been a few months but one day at a time she and I are enjoying her recovery journey!!!”

      • Jeanne H.

        “We appreciate all that you do to help individuals in recovery, demonstrating God’s love in our community. Your staff at Wayside House continue to help in so many ways, women and their families that need the love, care and support that you are able to provide. Thank you so much for all you do for them.  May God continue to bless you, your staff and your volunteers each and every day for the light you provide for our community.”

      • Susan C.

        “ Wayside is “the light”! Congratulations on the article in the Palm Beach Post
        for all you do to make the commitment to help those in need.”

      • Lynne B.

        “I will always be grateful to Wayside for giving my daughter the tools and knowledge to live a sober life on the outside. You changed her life thank you thank you thank you, may all the people that pass through your wonderful cozy house succeed in sobriety as well.”

      • Katy B.

        “I am sober and happy today thanks to Wayside.”

      • A.D.

        “Having the opportunity to go to Wayside was the best thing I’ve ever done. They lovingly deconstructed my life so I could put it back together. They are a serious program that gave me the ability to understand myself in a way I never thought was possible. They didn’t baby me and they taught me how to be beautifully authentic with myself and those around me. I really can’t thank them enough.”

      • Susan T.

        “Please keep up your wonderful work; the kids of south Florida need you.”

      • Jaimie K.

        “I am making this donation and thank you for all you do!”

      • Pam H.

        “Celebrating 29 years 7/22/2016. Sponsoring, 3-5 meetings a week, and forever grateful to Wayside House!”

      • Laura B.

        “I will be celebrating my 17th year clean and sober.  PLEASE share with the celebrants that I am with them in spirit even though I can’t be with them.  Wayside rocks!  Remind them to stay until the magic happens.”

      • BH alumni

        “I just want to give a shout out to the Wayside staff and alumni who organized and participated in the first annual gratitude dinner. The entire evening was absolutely devine! Wayside House saved my life and I am so very happy that you are at the helm.”

      • Brenda

        “Just walking down memory lane! I Love Wayside House! I went through twice!!
        LOL!! Clean and sober today! Love to all the women! XOXO”

      • Ashley

        “Thank you to Marlies and the Posner Center because without your guidance I wouldn’t have been pushed to pursue what I love and want out of a job and school. You’re amazing!”

      • Colletta D.

        “Proud to be a donor supporter of your efforts.”

      • Sara W.

        “Wayside House saved my life. It was a place that gave me a purpose to follow my dreams. And gave me a life that I never thought could be possible. It is a place where God lives in the lives of so many recovering women. Thank you.”

      • Andrea S.

        “So many miracles and beautiful souls are at Wayside. It’s a very special place.”

      • Phoebe M.

        “What an incredible gift to have gone to Wayside House.  Keep up the great work!”

      • Kathy G.

        “I’m so grateful to be a Wayside Winner 12/89 . One day at a Time.”

      • Christine D.

        “I have to commend Wayside House. They are a 1st class treatment center.”

      • Christine A.

        “I went through Wayside House in 1991 and have been clean and sober for 23 years. I have had four children, two grandchildren, and am happily married. The aftercare and parenting groups that Wayside had is something that helped me so very much as a new parent who was fairly new in recovery. I now have a Bachelor’s degree in social work and am working on a Master’s degree in counseling specializing in addictions counseling. If I had not been placed in Wayside House so many years ago I would have never been able to achieve the things that I have in my life. I am forever grateful for the blessing it has had in my life!”

      • Jeffrey Lane Esq., Weiner, Lynne & Thompson P.A.

        “Wayside is the benchmark by which I hold other similar facilities too.”

      • John Lehman, President FARR

        “I know many women whose lives have been greatly impacted by the quality support they experienced while enrolled and residing in your program. My first hand knowledge dates back to 1980 and I can attest to Wayside’s long tradition of excellence.”

      • J.L.

        “Wayside House saved my sobriety at a critical time in my life. My HP knew I needed to be there and surrounded by strong women who believed in me. Thank you!”

      • Evelyn H.

        “ My life has changed very deeply. I have been given the gift of life in sobriety and treating it like a present.”

      • Cynthia F.

        “I hated God & tried not to believe in any higher power before getting sober. Now I know that each day is a gift and
        that all things are possible through my spiritual connection. All of life is a miracle and for the ultimate good.”

      • Liz D.

        “I just wanted to send my gratitude and thanks for all you have done for me and thousands of women out there recovering from addictions.”

      • Sally W.

        “God bless your work at Wayside.”

      • T.P.

        “Thank you for all that you have done to make me experience Wayside and the true change in my life through this program. I am grateful.”

      • Cindy

        “To all of you fortunate enough to celebrate the holidays at Wayside, I hope you find peace and happiness.
        My Christmas at Wayside was one of the best ever as I received the lasting gift of sobriety. God Bless you all!”

      • Anonymous

        “ My children have been returned and I have found God.”

      • Anonymous

        “Wayside House and God have given me a life I never thought I deserved.”

      • Anonymous

        “Wayside House played a very big role in treating our daughter. We will be forever grateful for you and our blessings from the Lord.”

      • Anonymous

        “ I have restored relationships with my family and learned how to love others. I am accountable, help and trust others and enjoy living life. I have peace and I don’t worry. I know that everything is going to be OK. I also attend three meetings a week and sponsor several women.”

      • Anonymous

        “ By spending time with my awesome God every morning who saved me by touching my life while at Wayside. God continues to draw me close to him.”

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