Trauma Therapy

Treatment programs at The Family Place use a variety of modalities to address mental health issues related to substance use, underlying issues, and co-occurring conditions. Most individuals seeking treatment have some form of past trauma that impacts their thoughts and behaviors. You may have a specific traumatic event that has severely impacted your life. Trauma therapy provides a safe environment to process and clear the hurtful emotions and memories attached to the traumatic experience. This is the beginning of the healing process. 

The Relationship Between Trauma and Substance Use 

According to research published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, “evidence has shown that the correlation between trauma and substance abuse is particularly strong for adolescents with PTSD” and “up to 59% of young people with PTSD subsequently develop substance abuse problems.” Most rehabilitation programs only offer some form of trauma-informed care. The Family Place does not only have trauma-informed staff, but also takes it a few steps further making it our core mission to be a trauma-focused center. We have highly skilled, specially trained trauma therapists equipped to clear and heal complex trauma. At The Family Place, we treat underlying issues like PTSD, grief/loss, guilt, shame, and remorse alongside co-occurring disorders (i.e. bipolar, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder) by way of small groups and individual sessions with qualified and trained therapists.

What Is Trauma Therapy? 

Trauma therapy educates you about trauma’s effects on your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. According to Current Psychiatry Reports, “approximately half of individuals seeking SUD treatment meet criteria for current PTSD.” Anyone can experience trauma at any time, and we provide access to therapists who specialize in treating trauma and related mental health issues. 

At The Family Place, we use evidence-based psychotherapy, leading edge, and alternative therapies alongside dedicated trauma therapy for well-rounded mental health support. You will learn coping skills and grounding techniques to keep you from being triggered and overwhelmed by memories or flashbacks of distressing events. Unhealthy past, present, and future behaviors can be rooted in traumatic experiences. Your therapist will show you how to hold onto the thoughts, behaviors, and actions that have value in your life, and let go of the ones that don’t. This awareness will enable you to regain control of your life.

Common Symptoms of Trauma 

You might experience trauma symptoms without realizing where they come from or what causes certain behaviors. Substance misuse is often a maladaptive way to cope with the lingering effects of trauma or co-occurring mental health disorders. Common signs of trauma-related issues include: 

  • Extreme feelings of panic, anxiety, or distress 
  • Difficulty trusting other people in everyday situations
  • Increased startle responses
  • Constantly feeling on high alert 
  • Depressive episodes

The symptoms and side effects of living through a traumatic event range from mild to severely debilitating depending on various factors, including family and personal history and diagnosed mental health disorders.

Many traumas stem from neglect, abuse, grief/loss, and abandonment experienced in childhood and as an adult. In addition, mental health disorders and substance misuse can be intergenerational, adding another layer of possible risks and complications during treatment. Our clinicians understand that every case is unique, and they will work with you to design a personalized treatment plan to address any issues and accommodate your individual therapy needs. 

How Trauma Affects Recovery 

Trauma affects how you think, feel, and behave. During early recovery, trauma symptoms can cause flashbacks and trigger cravings, increasing the risk of relapse. Some of the ways untreated trauma can affect early recovery include: 

  • Increased risk of developing a mental health disorder 
  • Difficulty focusing on getting better 
  • Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression 

Unaddressed trauma can interfere with your ability to understand and assimilate what you learn while attending therapy and education classes at The Family Place. We prioritize individual and community support and incorporate trauma therapy into every client’s treatment plan. Attending regular trauma therapy sessions will lower the risk and provide you with healthy ways to prevent or avoid triggers. 

The Benefits of Trauma-Focused Treatment 

The benefits of trauma-focused treatment include: 

  • Greater sense of connection through community
  • Decreased stress and anxiety 
  • Access to trauma-specific coping techniques 
  • Desensitization to painful past memories

You can break the cycle of abuse by addressing your trauma and learning to heal from it. Most people who go through therapy find that they sleep better, feel less distracted, and have an easier time managing daily stressors in their personal and professional lives. 

Learn to Trust Again 

The Family Place offers a healthy family environment and a compassionate community that is rarely found in the treatment industry. This atmosphere creates an experience that is conducive for clients to build strong and lasting bonds with their peers and clinicians. The clients call us a family because they are able to get vulnerable and share openly and honestly in a judgment-free zone. This vulnerability is the birthplace for trust.

Trust is an essential part of trauma-focused care, enabling clients to genuinely begin their healing journey. Part of learning how to trust again involves opening up to community members who share your pain. Transform your pain into words by speaking openly about the trauma experiences you have lived through. Every day in recovery is an opportunity to grow. We believe just on the other side of your comfort zone is the freedom from your addiction and trauma that you are trying to achieve. You don’t have to do this alone, “we are all family here.”

Battling Trauma One Day at a Time

Trauma can last a lifetime, and coming to terms with past events in a way that leaves you feeling at peace and capable of moving forward takes time and a lot of hard work. Combatting years or decades of trauma responses is not easy, but it is achievable. We believe in you, and we will be by your side the whole time as you learn to embrace acceptance and self-forgiveness. 

Your case manager will work with you to ensure you continue to receive the support you need after you transition out of our rehabilitation program. The aftercare services we offer will connect you to local private or community-based therapists that specialize in trauma and substance use disorder. 

Start healing today! Trauma leaves deep scars that can influence your thoughts and behaviors during treatment and recovery. Learn more about our services and the trauma-focused programs we offer by calling one of our compassionate admissions specialists today at 1-800-501-7796

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