Introduction: Use of EMDR in work with addicts is described mainly through case studies, and Hase, Schallmayer and Sack (2008) examined experimentally effect of EMDR in the treatment of alcohol addicts and found a significant decrease of cravings for addicts who had , next to the standard treatment, also EMDR therapy, compared to a group that had only standard treatment. To examine efficiency of EMDR therapy in the treatment of opiates addicts.
Subjects and Methods: In research is applied group experimental scheme with a control group and measurement before and after treatment and six months after treatment. The control group had standard treatment, and the experimental group had a standard treatment plus EMDR treatment, ie, four sessions of EMDR treatment. The session lasts 60 minutes. In the research following instruments were applied: Pompidou, DUDIT-E, LDQ, OCDS, DASS 21 Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale. In the processing of preliminary results, descriptive statistics is used.
Results: The research began on September 8, 2017. Until October 2018, 24 participants were included. Results of measurements for 20 participants were presented (10 from the control and 10 from the experimental group). In abstract is used CravEx Michal Hase protocol. The results indicate a higher number of visits to the therapeutic community in the experimental group, increase of self-esteem in both groups but a larger range in the experimental group, a higher self-evaluation of addiction in an experimental group, decrease in PAS attractiveness for both groups but slightly better results in the experimental group, especially in the self-assessment of the negative effects of PAS, as well as a larger increase in the motivational index of the experimental group at another measurement.
Conclusion: Preliminary results indicate the effects of EMDR use, but since measures of descriptive statistics were used and as a small sample, there should be caution with the results.