Trauma Resolution Therapy
Trauma Resolution therapy in addiction treatment is geared towards identifying trauma and directing focus towards its resolution to help people learn new ways to deal with life circumstances without addiction. It’s also about learning a sense of acceptance of the past and learning ways to move forward without reliving the traumatic event over and over.
Trauma and Addiction
Addiction is a symptom of trauma. Our goal is to treat the trauma directly to help alleviate symptoms. Trauma can shape a person in a negative way and is central to addiction for many people. Our trauma therapy program focuses on the traumatic events that occurred. Sometimes it is more difficult for a person to identify a traumatic event, especially if it was something from their early childhood. Other times, the event is clear, like a car accident or sexual assault. Either way, the first step of therapy is to identify the event and bring it to the surface.
Many people who come to addiction therapy with a history of trauma have pushed away from their feelings and emotions about the event for months or years. Bottling things up and ignoring them like this almost always ends in emotions surfacing in negative ways, and in this case, addiction. At first, many people are resistant to speak of their trauma, but once they do a floodgate opens and all stifled emotions can come pouring out. Our therapists are specially trained in this kind of trauma therapy and offer unwavering support and comfort during this process.
Next, it is important to process the event. To identify the negative thoughts around it and how it has impacted the client’s life. Part of processing the event may include various activities like:
- Acting out parts of the event in a controlled environment
- Writing about the event or to a person who caused the event
- Expressing emotion through art
Once the traumatic event is brought to the surface, various therapies are used to come to grips with the situation and put it where it belongs – in the past. Clients realize that if they no longer allow the event to have control over their actions, they can finally be free. By using therapy and other methods like EMDR and DBT, we work with the client to retrain the brain to come up with healthy coping mechanisms so that addiction relapse can be avoided in the future.
Trauma doesn’t need to dictate the rest of your life. It is unfortunate when bad things happen, and especially that they contribute to addiction. However, with the right therapy and treatment, trauma can become a part of the past and healthy coping mechanisms can be put into practice for a happy, healthy, and sober future.