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4th Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 19-21, 2023 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA

GAB 2019

Zengzhen Wang

Speaker at Global Conference on Addiction Medicine and Behavioral Health 2019 - Zengzhen Wang
Tongji Medical College, China
Title : Effect of EMDR based five step desensitization on addictive memory and self esteem in patients with methamphetamine dependence


Objective To explore the effects of five-step desensitization therapy combined with question recalling, vipassana meditation, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), hypnotherapy and neural language programs (NLP) on addictive memory and self-esteem levels in patients with methamphetamine dependence.

Methods: Parallel control and pre-and post-control test design were used, and sampling was performed using multi-stage sampling method. A total of 128 methamphetamine-dependent patients were selected from five compulsory isolation and drug rehabilitation centers in Wuhan, Hubei Province, with 63 in the control group and 65 in the five-step desensitization group. The control group patients did not receive any other interventions except for the routine rehabilitation training for detoxification. The desensitization group received 5 consecutive days, 90 minutes per day for questioning, EMDR, vipassana, hypnotherapy, and NLP, called a five-step desensitization treatment. The addiction memory intensity scale (AMIS) and the Rosenberg self-esteem scale (RSES) were used to measure the addictive memory intensity and self-esteem of patients before and after intervention. Results: After covariance analysis and correction of the pre-intervention scale, the AMIS scores of the desensitization group were lower than those of the control group (P<0.001), and the RSES scores were higher than the control group (P=0.004). The differences were statistically significant. Conclusion?Five-step desensitization therapy could reduce the intensity of addictive memory in patients with methamphetamine dependence and improve the patient's self-esteem effectively.


Professor WANG studied preventive medicine at Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, China and got her Master’s Degree of medicine in 1986. From 1988, she has taken many psychological courses and workshops and got the certificate of senior counselor in 2007. She has being practicing in the field of drug prevention and psychological intervention for addiction since 1994, got the position of full professor in  the year 2000 and published  "Drug and AIDS Prevention Education" and "Guidelines and Cases of Psychotherapy for Addictive Behaviors" at People’s Health Publisher in Beijing, and published more than 160 papers both in Chinese and English.