EMDR

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic technique developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories, which is increasingly utilized in addiction and alcohol rehabilitation. The method involves the patient recalling distressing events while receiving bilateral sensory input, such as eye movements or tapping, guided by a trained therapist. This process is thought to activate both hemispheres of the brain, facilitating the reprocessing and integration of traumatic memories in a healthier manner, thereby reducing their emotional impact. Although not a cure-all for addiction, EMDR is a valuable component of a comprehensive treatment plan, aiming to address the psychological underpinnings of substance abuse, support emotional healing, and enhance overall recovery. Outcomes vary among individuals, but many report significant benefits, including diminished distress and improved emotional resilience.

It is based on the Adaptive Information Processing model, which suggests that PTSD and similar disorders stem from disturbing experiences that haven’t been fully processed. EMDR therapy, often administered in 6-12 weekly sessions, attempts to alter the brain’s storage of these traumatic memories to alleviate symptoms.

The core of EMDR lies in targeting the memory itself, distinguishing it from other therapies that focus on the emotional and cognitive aftermath of trauma. It employs a method involving rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation, such as eye movements, sounds, or taps, while the patient recalls the trauma, aiming to desensitize the individual to the distressing memories and reduce their impact.

EMDR is recommended for PTSD treatment and follows an eight-phase structured approach, encompassing history-taking, preparation, memory assessment, and memory processing towards adaptive resolution, concluding with treatment evaluation. Unlike other trauma treatments, EMDR does not require detailed recounting of the trauma, direct confrontation of beliefs, or homework, making it distinct in its approach to healing.

Key stages include comprehensive history collection, preparation through explanation and simulation of bilateral stimulation techniques, and assessment by activating targeted memories. The therapy uses scales like the Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD) and Validity of Cognition (VOC) to measure emotional and cognitive changes during therapy, adhering to standardized procedures for effective treatment.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.



    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.


    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.

    Outpatient

    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.

    Therapy

    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.


    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.


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