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EMDR in the Treatment of Complex Trauma with Addictive & Compulsive Behaviors
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Presented by Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD Approved for 14 EMDRIA Credits

5/2/2015 to 5/3/2015
When: 5/2/2015
Where: The Universities at Shady Grove
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, Maryland  20850
United States
Presenter: Susan Brown, LCSW, BCD
Contact: Christina Zavalij

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EMDR in the Treatment of Complex Trauma with Symptoms of Addictive & Compulsive Behaviors

Approved for 14 EMDRIA Credits

An untreated complex trauma history is now considered a fundamental contributor to the development and maintenance of symptoms of addictive and compulsive behaviors. These include (but are not limited to) alcohol and drug abuse, compulsive gambling, food, pornography, compulsive internet use, sex, and deliberate self-harm. It is believed that people use substances and other behaviors to "self-medicate", avoid, and defend against trauma-driven symptoms such as flashbacks, avoidance, numbing, depression, anxiety, disconnection from self and others, and distressing body states, any of which can trigger ongoing cravings and relapse. Several modified, addiction-specific EMDR protocols suggest that it is equally important to target the positively associated feelings, memories, urges, and euphoric recall that are maladaptively linked with addictive behaviors, thereby helping to break the cycle of "cue-driven" relapse. 

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