There is a clear link between addiction and trauma, with those suffering many traumatic events highly likely to develop addictive behaviour. Addictive behaviours and substances often provide a short-lived soothing impact on stress arising from past trauma that the brain is unable to fully process. While they can temporarily soothe, addictions cannot in any way tackle the problem created by the trauma, however.

EMDR, on the other and, can truly relieve the impact of traumas that feed addictions of all kinds.