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What Should I Know About Trauma Treatment?

What Should I Know About Trauma Treatment?

Substance abuse is usually one layer of many. Underneath the veneer is trauma, neglect, abuse, and challenging issues which need to be dealt with if a person is to get past substance abuse and addiction.  Even if you have dealt with a lifetime of trauma starting in early childhood, there is still hope for you in recovery from addiction and support for the traumatic experiences you encountered.

Trauma and Addiction

People who have been living with active addiction for awhile may feel traumatized by the ways they harmed themselves or loved ones. Traumatic experiences manifest themselves differently depending on how you deal with it and who you are. In order to help people deal with addiction and find sobriety, you must first deal with trauma’s effects, both physical and psychological, and how it interacts with substance abuse issues.

What is Trauma

Trauma is a word used frequently, so it is important to have a set definition by which to understand what is meant by trauma. Trauma is typically an even that is so upsetting it can overwhelm a person’s mind, body and spirit so much it is hard to understand what is meant by trauma. The event may be so upsetting, it can be hard to control memory, emotions, and survival instincts. The amygdala is what controls all these instincts and it goes into overdrive. The fight or flight reflex may kick in which keeps the body on the verge of stress all the time. It can keep you alive when needed, or keep cortisol kicked up and make you feel like you could keep running, even when the event is long over.

Trauma Treatment

Living with trauma or PTSD can be debilitating, so there are ways to treat it which can really support you. This includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Other modalities

The goal of any treatment is to reprocess traumatic memory in a way that helps you cope better and deal with it effectively. If you have experienced trauma, you need to work through some of the trauma to help your brain calm down. Many times, the body is already trying to process trauma through nightmares or intrusive memories. Therapy provides outlets for effective processing in a safe space. How long this takes depends on the individual, the traumatic event, and how long ago it happened. It is possible to make a full recovery from addiction and trauma. Even after addressing the trauma, it is often accompanied by physical or psychological distress. Finding ways to cope through counseling and treatment for addiction, trauma, and other issues will support a more full recovery long term.

There are many ways to process trauma. Sometimes it shows up as addiction. Sometimes it shows up as mental health issues. Oftentimes, it shows up as one or both of these things which need support in a recovery setting to cope with the repercussions. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number for help: 866-294-9401