Dissociation & Addiction Resources

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness training program and approach is distinctively different because of our willingness to openly and candidly address both dissociation and addiction throughout the training process. Founder Dr. Jamie Marich is in long-term recovery from both addiction and a clinically significant dissociative disorder and has been very open about her journey. Dr. Jamie is currently working on a model with ICM team member Adam O’Brien making a case for the inextricable link between dissociation and addiction and that addiction can be conceptualized as dissociation. All Institute for Creative Mindfulness team members are selected for their sensitivity to address complex trauma and the intricacies of working with both dissociation and addiction. On this page, we’ve gathered some of our best resources in the area of articles, videos, and interviews to help our own trainees and all EMDR therapists.

Articles & Interviews

From the ICM Redefine Therapy Blog

External Links

These collections constitute the mostly widely read articles by Dr. Jamie Marich and her collaborators available online on the subject of dissociation and trauma. We are not able to share peer-reviewed articles here due to copyright although please feel free to contact our office if you have questions about these.

Addiction & Dissociation video Resources

Trauma-Informed Grounding, Mindfulness, & Yoga Resources

Explore a variety of exercises to use yourself or to share with your clients. All descriptions link to YouTube.

"The wound is the place where the light enters you." -Rumi

PDFs and Media for Download

Greatest Hits List of Addiction Specific Beliefs

"Another resource I have developed is a list of common addiction-specific negative cognitions (see “The Greatest Hits List of Addiction-Specific Beliefs”). This list closely parallels the list of general negative cognitions that appeared in Chapter 6. You can use the addiction-specific list in a similar way. When a client is near to or in the reintegration stage (consensus model), have him or her check off which beliefs may still apply, then prepare the client for an EMDR session to clear out that potentially roadblocking belief (e.g., “My addiction is my identity”; “Sex/Alcohol is my most important need”). This approach can work with deeply ingrained addiction-specific beliefs and with relatively minor problems that could develop into major sticking points."

Dissociation Infographic

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness believes that no two cases are the same related to using EMDR therapy with clinically significant dissociation. These infographics, prepared by Dr. Jamie Marich, are simply meant to be a guide as you conceptualize cases. If you are finding yourself stuck, please seek consultation on how to best implement what you are learning