Funny title about a serious question!
Clinicians are faced with a very important task of vetting out whether or not patients presenting anxiety symptoms had those symptoms prior to their addiction, OR whether they developed them as a result of their addiction. They also must determine whether the symptoms appeared a result of facing the overwhelming need to change their lives – completely. In fact, new research may make this question easier to answer. It is coming to light that at the root of all types of addiction, there is a desire to self-medicate the pain caused by mental illnesses – that includes painful or disturbing symptoms related to excessive anxiety.
This paper is based on a lunch and learn presentation sponsored by Bridges to Recovery and Solid Landings.
EMDR (eye movement de-sensitization and reprocessing) was developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. Research has shown that any bilateral stimulation of the brain is therapeutically effective so methods have expanded from eye movements to sound, vibrations, and tapping. While EMDR was originally used as a treatment for ‘big T’ trauma, it is now utilized for any issue a patient might bring to psychotherapy—‘small t’ trauma accumulation which is actually more difficult to treat than ‘big T’ traumas like war.
Until the Eighties, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance abuser. Each had parallel treatment and discrete funding streams. As that decade drew to a close, so appeared the term dual diagnosis, a clinical moniker which appropriately – finally! – acknowledges the reality that those who experience substance abuse disorders were almost always in the throes of one or more concurrent mental health disorders which needed treatment.
Suzanne Jessee is the creator of Neurogenesis Meditative Therapy (NMT), a new clinical system that incorporates current knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as mindfulness practices. Scientific advances that demonstrate how thoughts and meditations can affect the regeneration of neuronal pathways have directly informed Jessee’s invention of this new therapeutic style.