Addiction Stops You From Resolving Trauma.
One of the leading causes of drug abuse and addiction is unresolved trauma. Addiction and trauma disorders are closely linked, as many individuals turn to alcohol or other drugs to escape the pain of traumatic experiences.Recent studies have found that 50 and as much as 96% of treatment-seeking substance abusers reported experiencing some major traumatic event in their lifetime. Up to 34% of patients in substance abuse treatment have both a substance abuse diagnosis and PTSD diagnosis at the same time. For women, in particular, the rates are two to four times higher.Trauma can significantly impact the client who is seeking help for addiction to drugs and alcohol. That’s why Addiction Campuses provides dedicated trauma therapy professionals uniquely trained to help individuals resolve traumatic experiences that lead to substance abuse.
We Offer Trauma Therapy To Treat:
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Natural disasters
- Domestic violence
- Death and grieving
- Loss of a child
- Loss of a loved one
- Robbery or mugging
- Divorce / breakups
Get Help For The Trauma Behind The Addiction: 1-888-614-2251
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There Is A Way To Resolve Trauma.
Our facilities are highly specialized, trauma-informed addiction treatment campuses. At our rehab facilities we have specialists who use proven trauma and addiction therapies like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Resolution Focused Therapy (RFT). In fact, we have one entire campus that is DBT certified and one of our other campus CEOs was the creator of the RFT program.
Trauma Therapy And Addiction:
We maintain a team of medical doctors, therapists and staff who are uniquely trained to be sensitive to the individual struggling to address unresolved trauma.
There Are Four Phases Of Addiction Trauma Resolution:
Safety and Grounding
This phase begins to establish boundaries based on pure trust and safety for the individual. This phase also readies the client for how to manage transitions in therapy and and life.
Disorder Belief Systems
This second phase of treatment revolves around the distorted beliefs that have arisen from years of unresolved trauma. Irrational thoughts and feelings, extreme emotional reactions, paranoia, sadness and trust are brought to light.
Reconnection and Transistions
Phase three uses role playing and adventure therapy to practice newly learned skills. Trauma triggers are determined and trauma trigger management is put into practice.
The final phase of trauma and addiction treatment involves life skills, relationship development and management, trigger management and what to do when the unexpected happens
Physical Symptoms Of Trauma:
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Being startled easily
- Racing heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Persistent tension
- Muscle pain
Often times a person believes that they are dealing with their trauma appropriately when in fact it is determining every decision that they make in life. They are overpowered by reasons that they believe hinder them to finding help to resolve trauma.
Reasons Victims Of Trauma Don’t Seek Help:
- Denial that trauma occurred
- Shame and embarrassment
- Guilt (I’m responsible…)
- Consider asking for help as a sign of weakness
- Don’t feel worthy
- Feel as if they will lose more control over anxiety
As a result, often times alcohol and other drugs are used to self medicate in lieu of seeking professional help – to numb the emotions and manage anxiety that come with unresolved trauma experiences.
Unresolved Trauma Symptoms Can Look Like This:
- Extreme reactions in normal situations
- Self mutilation
- Blaming others
- Suicide attempts
- Rage response
- Being too thin or too heavy
- Making the same mistakes over and over (ie: dating same type of guy, having same issues with work, etc.)
Not managing trauma with an expert means the individual will find other ways to cope with emotional pain and anxiety. Self medication with drugs and alcohol is a common coping mechanism – and much of the time – if the trauma remains unresolved – addiction becomes their way of life. Addiction coupled with traumatic stress symptoms can be especially complex.
Just like addiction, anyone can experience trauma. It can be in childhood – but it doesn’t have to be. Mental, physical and sexual abuse are debilitating if left unresolved as are war, an accident, a robbery, a rape or even natural disasters. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse compounded by trauma, Addiction Campuses can help. Call our specialists today for information.
One year ago, my son took a huge step in the right direction as I dropped him off at Addiction Campuses of Tennessee, Spring 2 Life Campus. That decision will change his life and impact our family forever. We are eternally grateful to Addiction Campuses of Tennessee for helping turn our son around and get him started in a new life! We love our new family at ACTN!
—- Connie White, Mother of an ACTN Spring 2 Life Campus graduate