II) INSTALLING POSITIVE TREATMENT GOALS
I) ADDICTION SESSION OVERVIEW
II) INSTALL ADDICTION TREATMENT GOALS
III) DESENSITIZING ADDICTION TRIGGERS
IV) ADDICTION INSTALL EMOTION-STATE
V) ADDICTION ENDING YOUR SESSION
ADDICTION-TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
ADDICTION-UNDERSTANDING KEY CONCEPTS
ADDICTION-SESSION TOOL SETTINGS
One of the first things you will do in any Virtual EMDR for Addiction Session is to prime your brain and set up your nervous system for the session by placing what are called your Positive Treatment Goals into the forefront of your thinking.
This is done by using the EMDR Session Tool while mentally focusing on a positive goal. This process shifts your brain into a positive state, and makes you more receptive to EMDR. This process is part of every EMDR session, whether online or in a therapist's office, and is called Installation.
SELECTING YOUR POSITIVE TREATMENT GOALS
So. Ask yourself. What would you like to get out of using EMDR for Addiction? How would you like things to be instead?
Imagine, as specifically as possible, seeing yourself future living the life you want.
Imagine anything happy, joyous, or positive: being with your children and family, doing an activity that you love, or maybe living a lifestyle you have always wanted. It is up to you, but your goal should be realistic, achievable, magnetic and compelling-not an unattainable fantasy. Imagine a life where you are functioning, coping, and living in a positive successful way.
A Positive Treatment Goal must be just that-positive, NOT negative. Therefore things like “not getting drunk” or “not losing all my money through addictive gambling” will not work here. Instead, it needs to be something more along the lines of “living an amazing life without drinking” or “having lots of extra money after beating a gambling addiction.” Avoid using language like “I will no longer be…” or “I won’t have to do…” Ask yourself, what will you be doing instead?
Create a mental Target Image. Build a picture, movie, or scenario in your head- see yourself having already achieved it. This mental image is your Positive Treatment Goal.
*If you are unsure about how to select your Positive Treatment Goal, go to the ADDICTION-UNDERSTANDING KEY CONCEPTS page to see some examples.
For beginners, you may want to take the time to write your Positive Treatment Goal down as a reference point.
Now that you have your Positive Treatment Goal firmly locked into your mind, it is time to access the Virtual EMDR for Addiction Session Tool.
Use the session tool for a least couple of minutes, and up to as much as ten minutes while mentally focusing on your Positive Treatment Goal. Watch the visual cue and listen to the tones while you keep your goal locked in mind. Remember to take breaks or rest your eyes whenever needed.
Becoming proficient at using the EMDR Session Tool may take some practice-don't be surprised if you feel awkward or uncomfortable during your first few sessions. Stick with it and the results will follow.
Your mind may start to wander off. That is complete normal. Just bring your focus back to your Positive Treatment Goal and continue using the session tool.
When you are ready, turn on the EMDR Session Tool. Adjust the settings to your preference and begin. For the duration of your session, listen to the binaural (back-and-forth) audio tone as it moves from ear-to-ear and follow the moving visual object closely with your eyes. Mentally focus on your Positive Treatment Goals. As you become more experienced at using the EMDR Session Tool, you will be able to complete longer sessions and experiment with different settings.
Access and use the Session Tool now.
Whenever you’re finished, and when you feel like your Positive Treatment Goal is firmly planted in your mind, you are ready to move on to the next step in your session III) DESENSITIZE ADDICTION TRIGGERS.
*If this is your first EMDR for Addiction Session, click for instructions on how to use the ADDICTION EMDR SESSION TOOL SETTINGS. Return to this page when you are finished and ready to move on.