Tomorrow I am set for my next EMDR session.
The one thing I haven’t mentioned about EMDR and I should really for any of you lovely people considering this excellent treatment and that is that the treatment is very exhausting.
I spent three days on an adrenaline high followed by three days of pure exhaustion.
This is worth noting as it certainly effects one’s ability to do the things they normally do, such as their job!
I run my own business, I am self employed and I am not convinced I could do this EMDR treatment if I was not self employed. My wife did it while on sickness leave from her work.
Although, equally, I know of other people who have had to hold down a job while having EMDR therapy and did so. I am only talking from my own experience. My experience is that by the time the next EMDR therapy session is about to begin I am still recovering from the last one.
I have been dog tired, way beyond how tired I normally get and I do get tired quite often as I have a tendency to over do things, well everything really.
In addition to running my business, I do academic research with two Professors in a UK University, I blog on two blogsites, and I am carrying our hard manual building at least twice a week on a regular basis which is physically taxing. Most of this I haven’t had the energy for, in the last couple of weeks of EMDR.
EMDR treatment is fairly quick in it’s ability to quickly positive outcomes compared to some treatments but it does have the price of being very tiring.
I am writing this because I do not want to give the impression that it is simply a case of rolling up to treatment, it being great and then back for some of the same the next week! It is not like that, as I say it is exhausting.
I have also had over ten years in recovery which has helped greatly. I am not sure how I could have coped with this level of exhaustion eight years ago? Maybe I could, it is difficult to say.
I am not saying this to put anyone off, I think EMDR works for people in recovery whatever their length of recovery. I am just stating that it is very tiring and this should be factored into one’s awareness about doing EMDR.
Obviously I do not like being this tired but it is part of it I guess?
I find this level of tiredness makes me a bit more snappy with people, not as able to cope with frustration as usual and also it can create a low or sometimes negative mood that is not really linked to anything in particular other than being very tired. I have panda black rings under my eyes.
Okay that’s me done. An unusually short blog from me this time (shows how tired I am, lol!)
I do try to write shorter blogs but it rarely happens. Things gush our of me a bit and then I have written a chapter rather than a blog!!
All grist to the mill as they say in the UK. I would like to put this writing in a book one day. Explaining what happens in the brain of recovery but also using personal stories of recovery like the blogs I am writing now.
I noticed in my other blogsite Inside the Alcoholic Brain that the most popular blogs by far have been on the topics of PTSD and C_PTSD and the treatment thereof via EMDR.
I think many people in recovery catch on to the idea eventually that they actually suffer C-PTSD (and other co-occurring disorders) and also insecure attachment the longer they are in recovery.
Through time recovery is about more than not relapsing, more than addiction and becomes a voyage of discovery and a search for increased well being and quality of life – William White calls it “better than well!”
These factors are also prompting me to do EMDR and finally get past my past. A past that has troubled me for over forty years.
I want to fully engage in the now, the present, I want the past fractures to be mended and the love that I know is scattered across different areas of past and present life to finally be reconciled. .
I have choice now, I never had when in active alcoholism and addiction.
What a wonderful thing, choice!