Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for Addiction Treatment

Here at Coalition Recovery Alcohol Rehab in Tampa, Fl we use a variety of therapy techniques to help beat addiction. At the heart of our program lies our evidence-based techniques; one of those being Accelerated Resolution Therapy or ART. This type of therapy is done in a one-on-one individualized session with one of our many counselors who specialize in this type of therapy. If you are looking for EMDR for drug or alcohol addiction treatment in the Tampa Bay area, ART is very similar in many ways. Coalition Recovery is one of the only drug and alcohol rehabs in the area to offer this specialized therapy. We hope that along with other evidence-based therapies like CBT, ART can be another tool in the box to help people understand and overcome their addictions.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that utilized back and forth eye movements to help clients address common problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is not the same as Eye movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), however, they both use eye movements. In experiencing ART, you may find that you connect pieces of information that are already stored in our memory to help you resolve your issues. The brain, while focused on a problem and concurrently using eye movements, makes new connections with a person’s strengths and problem-solving abilities.

ART is a very focused eye movement therapy and, as such, has produced quick, effective and safe results in treating anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship issues and grief, to name a few. ART is effective with adults as well as children.

When initially thinking about your problem during therapy, you may feel some of you usual unease about it. Clients quickly pass beyond their anxiety or sadness to first experience calm and then, as their problem loses its hold on them, relief. At the completion of ART treatment, the evidence to date shows that the changes you make will be long-lasting.


You will be in total control of the therapy - this is not hypnosis. Each session will be with one of our ART trained licensed clinicians and be very similar to a typical individualized session only with an added technique. They will ask you to use ART’s Degree of Intensity scale to indicate the intensity of the emotions related to your problem by sliding an indicator on the scale. She will then sit slightly to your left or right and have you follow her fingers with your eyes while you think about a problem. She will ask you to describe to her what you experience during the brief time of moving your eyes. Physical sensations will also be processed by using the eye movements so that disturbing sensations can disappear and positive feelings can be enhanced. In fact, using ART interventions, clients have often been able to replace a negative image with positive images. Subsequently, when clients think about their problem, it is the positive images they will recall.
Your licensed therapist will be asking you to notice any body sensations as you go along. Do not worry about whether you will be doing ART correctly as the eye movements tend to relax you and they do the work. She may ask you a direct question that you can focus on while using the eye movements. You may be better able to answer questions while using ART’s eye movements because they increase your ability to solve problems. Together, you may also use some creative visualizations to aid in the resolution of your problem. As you both begin ART, you may notice you are becoming calmer – and that happens even with the most anxious of clients. ART, although it is looking at troublesome events or problems in your life, often has a calming effect and the norm is for clients to leave the session feeling like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders.


Call one of our Coalition representatives today to find out if ART is right for you. Our associates will walk you through the qualifications for this therapy as well as the other therapies that we offer. We try to offer a variety of modern addiction therapies to accommodate and help you on your way to recovery.
Contact Coalition Recovery today at (888) 707-2873 to learn more about ART and our other evidence-based techniques.

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