Treatment of Behavioral Addictions Utilizing the Feeling-State Addiction Protocol

The study focused on the effectiveness of the Feeling-State Addiction Protocol with subjects with multiple behavioral addictions

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Treatment of Behavioral Addictions Utilizing the Feeling-State Addiction Protocol: A Multiple Baseline Study, Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 6(4), 159-169.

Four people with multiple behavioral addictions including various sex addictions, socializing compulsion, impersonating a police officer’s compulsion were treated with the Feeling-State Addiction Protocol (FSAP). The FSAP uses a bilateral stimulation technique used in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to eliminate the specific positive feeling linked the behavior.
The design of the study treated one addiction of the two addictions using electrical skin resistance measured when the person imagined doing the behavior. After taking measurements of both behaviors, the other addiction was treated. Then both addictions were measured. The result of the skin resistance measurement as well as self-report from the participants indicated that the treatment was effective.

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