Unresolved trauma is one of the major drivers of substance use disorders. These traumas impact a person’s ability to cope and get their needs met in a healthy, adaptive fashion. In the past, psychotherapy has used methods that, while effective, can take months to resolve these types of traumas.
However, a new form of treatment, Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) has been developed to help people overcome the lingering effects of unresolved trauma in much less time than typical therapies. Developed by Dr. Jay Connolly, RRT was originally designed to assist PTSD sufferers and survivors of sexual violence overcome self-destructive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. However, RRT is also useful in combination with other traditional therapies in the treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders.
Rapid Resolution Therapy is a form of talking therapy facilitated by a licensed RRT therapist that lasts from two to six sessions. It has some similarities to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, in that it relies on neurological re-framing to remove the emotional impact of past traumas.
In RRT, a therapist uses talk therapy as a vehicle for helping clients process the impact of past traumas and focus on how they hope their current life will change. RRT focuses on the idea that achieving this change is possible and many clients report feeling “transformed” and leave with an entirely new outlook on life after two to six sessions.
RRT seeks to identify traumatic issues and the reflexive, painful emotions elicited from recalling those events. Considering how a single memory or thought can provoke a cascade of painful emotions, RRT then helps a client learn to re-frame those thoughts by using storytelling, guided imagery, and creativity to break painful and unhelpful conditioned responses. As those forms of automatic responses are eliminated, the client begins to build a new neural pathway that does not include the emotional reaction that used to accompany the traumatic thought.
As a result, the emotional pain and reactions are no longer present, and a person is no longer triggered by similar thoughts, smells, or sensations.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that a combination of therapeutic methods, along with holistic whole-person approaches to healing is the most effective way to treat drug and alcohol addiction for long-term recovery.
In addition to Rapid Resolution Therapy, Agape Treatment Center provides clients with a range of proven therapeutic methods, including:
If you are concerned about a substance or alcohol use problem, Agape Treatment Center is available to help. Our evidence-based, comprehensive, and individualized treatment programs can help you or your loved one overcome withdrawal and addiction to any substance.
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