Dr. Miller offers daily intensive trauma focused treatment for those who are needing intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) for resistant and debilitating trauma-related symptoms, for those who would prefer to start with a lower level of treatment vs. higher level residential treatment program, for those who are stepping down from residential treatment and are ready to address the trauma symptoms that lead to relapse, and especially for those who have attended prior so-called "trauma-focused" treatment programs but did not receive proper trauma-focused treatment and are still suffering from trauma-related symptoms.
Relapse of symptoms occurs when unresolved traumatic experiences have not been adequately processed and adaptively integrated in the memory network. Our memory network involves processing and storage of information about life events, which includes images about these events, thoughts about the self in relation to these events, emotions associated with these events, and body sensations that were experienced during these events.
Dysfunctionally stored memories affect the person from the level of mind, body, and soul.
Dysfunctionally stored memories of traumatic or confusing events often result in a person being triggered "out of the blue," or in relation to certain events and/or people. These triggers may lead to reaching for one's drug of choice to quiet the pain, noise, and/or confusion left by these unresolved traumatic experiences. However, not all who struggle with the effects of trauma use, misuse, or abuse substances to manage their symptoms. When this does happen however, the trauma is treated with the expectation, based on repeated results, that cravings for self-medication substances resolve once the trauma symptoms are resolved. This work is backed by research and was recently documented in The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 10, 1, 2016, in the article titled, Standard EMDR Protocol for Alcohol and Substance Dependence Comorbid with PTSD: Four Cases With 12-Month Follow-up. Another famous study on treating trauma and EMDR as the first line of treatment was documented by Vince Felitti, MD, in his ACE Studies. Daniel Amen, MD, also documented changes in brain blood flow in clients both pre- and post-EMDR treatment that validate our approach to treating trauma.
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