Addiction and trauma are often intertwined. If you have experienced trauma in the past, part of your therapeutic plan will address this trauma head-on. At Awakenings Recovery Center, we believe it’s important to begin to deal with past trauma right away in order to promote long-term recovery. We create individualized treatment plans for every client in our care and your plan will focus on addressing any trauma in your past. Our trained and experienced team members will modify and adapt your program to directly fit your needs.
Trauma-focused therapy helps our clients learn more about themselves and about how past experiences might have impacted their use of drugs and alcohol. Learn more about the treatment programs at Awakenings Recovery Center and how trauma-focused therapy could help you by reaching out to our team today at 833.297.4343.
What Is Trauma-Focused Therapy?
For many people, trauma is part of their past. Severe trauma might take the form of the following:
- Domestic violence
- Natural disasters
- Car accidents
- Military combat
- Child abuse
These could be one-time occurrences or recurring events such as abuse at the hands of a partner or family member. Trauma can have significant effects on an individual’s self-esteem, mental health, and behavior.
While trauma affects every individual in a different way, it can be destructive. Trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. This disorder can cause panic attacks, feelings of depression or anxiety, and flashbacks. Someone with PTSD might turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with what they are experiencing, which can lead to addiction.
Trauma-focused therapy is part of a trauma-informed approach to treatment, which means that treatment professionals take the possibility of trauma into account during therapy sessions. They work to avoid re-traumatizing the client by not forcing them to relive traumatic experiences.
However, in trauma-focused therapy, clients are encouraged to address and resolve past traumatic experiences. During sessions, clients might learn about what trauma is and the effect it might have had on them. They will learn healthy coping skills to deal with negative emotions that might arise from addressing their trauma. Finally, they will work on being able to talk about what happened. Their therapist will help the client develop a narrative about their experience, reframe their thinking, and learn how to communicate about their trauma with family members.
How This Therapy Aids Addiction Recovery
It’s not necessary to receive a PTSD diagnosis to be a good candidate for trauma-focused therapy. Addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their income level, background, gender, or age. Those who have experienced any kind of trauma might turn to substances to relieve feelings of anxiety related to trauma.
Some of the benefits of trauma-focused therapy include:
- Healthy coping skills to deal with stress and symptoms of PTSD
- Trauma education
- Help with processing past experiences
- Promotes self-acceptance and self-confidence
If you think trauma-focused therapy is right for you, reach out to our team today. We can incorporate this type of care into your individualized treatment plan.
Contact Awakenings Recovery Center for Trauma-Focused Therapy
At Awakenings Recovery Center, trauma-informed care is at the heart of what we do. We approach every aspect of our treatment programs with the knowledge that trauma can impact an individual, even if they are not aware of it.
In addition to trauma-focused therapy we offer the following additional addiction treatment therapies:
- Expressive therapy
- Group therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Relapse prevention therapy
- 12-step approach
Reach out to our team today at 833.297.4343 to learn more about our addiction treatment programs. Awakenings Recovery Center is here to help.