There are a number of things that can contribute to an addictive lifestyle. However, one of the most commonly recognized underlying cause of drug addiction and alcohol abuse is self-medication. People may self-medicate for many reasons. But, it’s usually done to numb psychological or emotional pain rather than physical. During treatment, it’s important for individuals to identify the underlying causes of their addictions. This way, they can confront these issues so they won’t be a risk to sobriety once treatment concludes. One of the reasons individuals may self-medicate with drugs and alcohol is trauma. Here at Mountainview Recovery, we understand the impact trauma can have on an individual’s life. So, we offer trauma resolution therapy to help individuals affected by trauma to learn helpful coping skills and manage symptoms of trauma so sobriety can be maintained.
Trauma Therapy in Addiction Treatment.
Trauma is a spectrum which can vary from person to person. It’s a prolonged psychological and emotional reaction to a terrifying event or events. There are some circumstances which can be determined as traumatic. However, the experience is not the trauma; it’s the reaction. For example, while one person may be able to get back in their car and drive away after an accident, another person may be traumatized by the event and experience a prolonged emotional and psychological reaction. Traumatic events can include:
- Vehicular accidents
- Death of a loved one
- Witnessing or being a victim of a violent crime
- Natural disaster
- Illness or injury
- Sexual, verbal, or physical abuse
- Childhood neglect
- Domestic abuse
A traumatic scenario can be either a singular event or a series of consecutive actions. Either way, those struggling with trauma may experience:
- Flashbacks of the event(s)
- Recurring nightmares
- Avoidance of loved ones and social experience
- Numbing of previous emotion
- Irritability and extreme mood swings
- Apathy about life in general
How Trauma Resolution Therapy Can Help.
Those who have developed an addictive lifestyle as the result of self-medicating the emotional pain experiencing trauma can bring must address trauma during the time in treatment. Otherwise, experiencing a flashback or nightmare of the event could be a relapse trigger. And, established and long-standing sobriety will be nearly impossible. So, to help individuals resolve trauma and gain emotional wellbeing, Mountainview Recovery offers trauma resolution therapy.
In these therapy sessions, individuals are invited to narrate their experience with trauma. This way, the therapist can help to develop a structured therapy approach which works to address the effects of specific trauma. And, helps the individual in therapy to gain helpful insight and work on resolving emotions related to trauma. Finally, individuals who take advantage of this type of therapy can work to develop coping mechanisms to use once treatment ends. This way, an individual doesn’t have to completely hide from their past experiences. Instead, they can move on with their lives and continue to live out a life in sobriety!
Ready to Take Control of an Addiction and Trauma?
If you have developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol as the result of self-medicating trauma, there is help available. And you don’t have to live with the negative and self-harming effects of either condition. Here at Mountainview Recovery in Asheville, North Carolina, we offer support to those dealing with both addiction and trauma. After our step-down treatment model which incorporates trauma resolution therapy, you will have the tools you need to not only manage your emotions as they relate to trauma but to remain sober! To speak with us about your new journey on the road to recovery, contact us through our website now!