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    Addiction & Codependency

    A new way of looking at addiction is through the eyes of trauma, attachment and shutting down painful experiences. We know that attachment is the foundation of emotional regulation. We know addicts are triggered into addictive behaviors by reminders of attachment traumas.  We see addiction not as organic deficits, or genetic predispositions, instead we see addiction as a result of dysfunctionally stored memories of earlier adverse childhood experiences.

    This model “AIP” Adaptive Information Processing, is supported by the Adverse Childhood Experiences study which was conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente. Addiction is often seen as a vicious cycle of emotional dysregulation followed by attempts to regulate through the use of substances and/or compulsive behaviors.  

    EMDR processes the adverse and dysfunctionally stored memories into a part of the brain the nervous sytem is unable to trigger.  Once the adverse childhood experiences are processed, emotional regulation is attainable by the person and addictive/compulsive behaviors are no longer needed to reach a relaxation state.  Urges and cravings can also be treated by EMDR which makes everything in the treatment of addiction less painful, easier and more successful.   

    EMDR is highly effective and so much easier on the client then other forms of therapy.