The effect of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy on reducing craving in populations with substance use disorder: A meta-analysis

Description

Substance use disorder (SUD) has a significant negative impact on individuals and communities worldwide. It is estimated that approximately 5.5% of the global population aged 15 to 64 has used drugs in the last year, without any proven cure. In the 1980s, the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing method (EMDR) was developed to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, its effectiveness in reducing desire during withdrawal has not been demonstrated so far. Thus, a systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted to gain more insight into the therapeutic benefits of EMDR therapy. The search was performed on PubMed and Web of Science, and studies that used EMDR were selected, following the preferential information guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA). The results indicated that EMDR therapy significantly reduced the desire to consume drugs. Using the fixed effects model, the standard median differential (SMD) was -0.7243, with a 95% confidence interval ranging from -0.9960 to -0.4527 (z = -5.23, p < 0.0001). The random effects model revealed a more significant effect (SMD = -0.7985), with a 95% confidence interval ranging from -1.2314 to -0.3656 (z = -3.62, p = 0. 0003). Based on these findings, it can be concluded that EMDR therapy is effective in inhibiting the desire to consume drugs.

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Preprint

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English

Author(s)

Diana Emilia Martínez-Fernández
Andrea P. Garzón-Partida
Irene G. Aguilar-García
Joaquín García-Estrada
Sonia Luquin
David Fernández-Quezada

Original Work Citation

Martínez-Fernández, D. M., Garzón-Partida, A. P., Aguilar-García, I. G., García-Estrada, J., Luquin, S., & Fernández-Quezada. D. (2024, May). The effect of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy on reducing craving in populations with substance use disorder: A meta-analysis. (Research Square, Universidad de Guadalajara)

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“The effect of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy on reducing craving in populations with substance use disorder: A meta-analysis,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 25, 2024, https://francineshapirolibrary.omeka.net/items/show/29194.

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