Brainspotting

A New Option for Addiction

If you or a loved one is looking for a detox and rehab center, you’ll still find medical models, but they come with more options than ever before. Because researchers know we turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate old wounds, they recommend traditional treatment programs integrated with holistic practices for a healthier, more balanced recovery. One of the latest techniques is a therapy called brainspotting. What is brainspotting? Keep reading to learn more.

What Is Brainspotting?

Research shows individuals store trauma in their bodies, and it can change the way their brains work. During therapy sessions with trauma survivors, Dr. David Grand, psychotherapist, and author, discovered that specific eye movements during talk therapy helped his clients access and process negative memories. He believes the eye positions connect to parts of the brain where painful emotions are stored. Tracking these spots can help clients activate their natural ability to heal from trauma.

There are three steps to brainspotting therapy. In the first, the therapist scans the client’s vision field with a pointer, looking for reflexes in the eyes, face, or body. In the second, the therapist moves the pointer horizontally and vertically, asking the client where they “feel” activated. In the third, the therapist watches the client’s intuitive gaze while talking about an upsetting topic. In each case, the client holds a fixed gaze and remains aware of bodily sensations. Results are recorded on a scale of zero to ten.

Trauma and Substance Use Disorder

Studies show a link between substance use disorder and trauma, especially in negative childhood experiences. Addiction and dependence commonly occur with PTSD and mood disorders:

  • Approximately 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders also have substance abuse disorders.
  • Around 37% of people with alcohol problems have at least one mental illness.
  • Approximately 53% of people with drug use disorders have at least one mental illness.

Holistic Detox and Rehab

Brainspotting is one of many alternative healing techniques used to supplement medical detox and rehab. Other methods include practices like family constellation therapy, yoga, meditation, art or music therapy, equine therapy, massage, chiropractic, and energy healing. The goal of holistic therapy is to put the body in a state of equilibrium that allows it to heal itself spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

The journey to recovery starts with a good detox program, followed by inpatient rehab. Detox and rehab centers with a holistic approach provide 24/7 medical supervision, counseling, and the support needed to encourage sobriety and restore a sense of self-worth. Substance use disorder usually starts as a way to cover negative feelings. While this works in the short-term, it causes lasting harm.

Holistic detox and rehab give patients a chance to get clean, build relationships, and experience a sense of well-being. New skills and interests make it easier to stay sober, resist relapse, and ask for help in the future.

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