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 Vertava Health 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
Get Help For The Trauma Behind The Addiction: 1-888-614-2251
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.
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 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 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.
Re-connection and Transitions
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
- 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 from finding help to resolve trauma.
Reasons Victims Of Trauma Don’t Seek Therapy:
- 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 comes with unresolved trauma experiences.
Unresolved Symptoms Can Look Like This:
- Extreme reactions in normal situations
- Blaming others
- Suicide attempts
- Rage response
- Being too thin or too heavy
- Making the same mistakes over and over (ie: dating the same type of guy, having the 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, Vertava Health can help. Call our specialists today for information.