Trauma Therapy

Unfortunately, traumatic experiences are near inevitabilities for most people. Over 220 million adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of trauma, leading to a wide range of emotional, psychological and physiological difficulties. Trauma can cause significant long-term damage and lead to or exacerbate substance abuse and mental health issues, complicating the path to recovery without effective trauma therapy.

Overcoming Trauma and Addiction

Trauma forces a person to be victimized by the same event or events over and over again. Whether through flashbacks, nightmares or a perpetual reliving of the incident, traumatic experiences are often difficult to escape. In many cases, trauma leads people to abuse alcohol and/or drugs in a futile attempt to drown out these negative memories, which frequently leads to the development of a substance use disorder.

 

War, Natural disasters

Rape, Physical Abuse,
Sexual or Verbal Abuse,
Robbery, Assault

Poverty, Death of close
friends or family members,
Accident leading to severe injury

Traumatic experiences can influence people in various ways. A person’s method of dealing with a traumatic experience can impact his or her ability to get clean and sober over the short- and long-term. At Unity Behavioral Health, we understand the ramifications of untreated and unresolved trauma and make trauma therapy a focus of our dual diagnosis treatments.

The Link between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

While most of us will experience some form of trauma at some point in our lives, the vast majority will not develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event such as combat, an accident, sexual assault or a natural disaster.

Common symptoms of PTSD include:

Avoidance

This is characterized by a patient trying to avoid situations or people that trigger negative memories or emotions related to the traumatic experience.

Reliving

The patient uncontrollably experiences bad memories and nightmares, making him or her feel as though they are experiencing the trauma over and over again.

Hyperarousal

A patient may constantly feel on edge, jittery and be on the lookout for potential danger. This is also frequently accompanied by irritability, anger and difficulty sleeping and concentrating.

Negativity

Patients struggling with PTSD are often plagued by negative feelings about themselves and the world around them. This can manifest itself as guilt, shame, a lack of interest in things previously enjoyed, distrust or an inability to feel happiness.

In general, when people experience this type of trauma, they will naturally have feelings of sadness and perhaps endure difficulties in school, work and relationships. If these symptoms persist for longer than a few months, the individual may have PTSD. Any person can develop PTSD, and it’s important to note that it’s not a sign of weakness.

Personal factors, such as age, gender and previous exposure to traumatic experiences may make an individual more likely to develop PTSD following a traumatic event.

Concurrent Trauma Therapy and Addiction Therapy

Unresolved emotional trauma can cause physical health issues to arise along with ongoing psychiatric problems. Utilizing a trauma-based therapy approach in conjunction with our multi-disciplinary programs offers those recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction the ability to start healing the emotions within. Many times there is an underlying traumatic issue that has not been addressed. Until any underlying trauma is resolved, an addict is at constant risk of relapse into addiction.

photo of a close-up eye with colored dots superimposed over it representing EMDR trauma therapy

For those who are suffering from a history of trauma, we offer eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This is a type of trauma therapy is used to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders by combining psychotherapy and eye movement therapy to reduce negative associations with traumatic events and reduce distressful emotional reactions over the course of multiple sessions.

We use this course of treatment in conjunction with our holistic and traditional therapies to allow patients to begin resolving traumatic feelings while also prepping for success in sober living following rehab.

Our goal is to help patients overcome trauma, recognize the connection between their trauma and addictions, become abstinent and learn how to safely and healthily manage mental distress in the outside world.

Begin Your Journey to Recovery

Millions of people struggle with trauma and substance abuse every day. This is nothing more than a vicious cycle that continues to play itself out until a destructive addictive disorder is developed. The only effective way to break this cycle is to provide concurrent addiction and trauma therapy that helps patients gain control of their addictions while moving on from traumatic experiences.

Our compassionate professionals at Unity Behavioral Health have worked with dozens of people and their families in treating trauma and substance use disorders. We understand the challenges these patients face and have created several courses of treatment to aid them in overcoming their challenges.

Patients struggling with PTSD are often plagued by negative feelings about themselves and the world around them. This can manifest itself as guilt, shame, a lack of interest in things previously enjoyed, distrust or an inability to feel happiness.

The time to get help is now. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and/or trauma-related illnesses, we’re here for you. Contact us today at 561-812-5500 to learn more and get started on the road to sobriety and relief from trauma.