Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society: Elaborating on Key Points.   We are living through a historical period defined by uncertainty, which is having a profound impact on our mental health. Research shows that – on average, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental health condition globally,…

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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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EMDR in Addiction Treatment

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a relatively new therapeutic treatment that benefits victims of recent or lifelong trauma.

The technique was discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. As Dr. Shapiro was walking and attempting to sort through her disturbing thoughts and feelings, she noticed that the negative thoughts diminished and she felt better when she moved her eyes back and forth to scan the landscape.

EMDR is effective for all types of trauma

Throughout the intervening years, EMDR has gradually been perfected and fine-tuned. Extensive research indicates that the treatment is effective for all types of trauma. EMDR has been approved by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the American Psychiatric Association and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.

Research indicates a connection between trauma and addiction, which often results when people use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate and avoid painful, difficult memories. It has been estimated that up to 60 percent of recovering addicts have experienced serious trauma at some point in their lives.

EMDR in Addics Treatment

Victims of trauma often attempt to repress the bad thoughts and memories, which rarely works. Unresolved trauma can be overwhelming, negatively affecting every part of a person’s life. Symptoms of trauma include depression, shame, stress, anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, a sense of detachment, poor concentration and difficulty sleeping.

Trauma can result from events such as military combat, manmade or natural disasters, political violence and terrorism, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, life-threatening illness, serious automobile accidents or physical or sexual assaults such as rape, mugging or robbery.

Traumatic reactions can also occur after unexpectedly seeing a dead body or after witnessing events such as a violent assault, disaster, war, accident. Even hearing about traumatic events from a friend or loved one can trigger painful memories and symptoms.

Although EMDR may seem like a simple concept, it is actually a complicated therapeutic process that helps clients to detach from the painful memories. As a result, unresolved memories become learning experiences in which patients can examine traumatic memories in a less painful, more empowering way. Sessions tend to be emotionally exhausting as sadness, grief, anxiety and fear are released.

EMDR is a powerful tool that can break the cycle of addiction, promote recovery and prevent relapse. However, it is not a replacement for other forms of therapy. Rather, it is used in conjunction with counseling and other treatment modalities. Most patients experience results fairly quickly.

Contact us if traumatic memories and addiction are interfering with your ability to life a full, happy life, or if you would like to know more about the benefits of EMDR. We are here to help you address your issues in a caring, highly professional manner.

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