What is Trauma Resolution?
Many individuals who struggle with substance abuse can attribute their addiction to traumatic experiences from their past. Traumatic events can include military combat, physical or sexual assault, serious accidents, or any other upsetting event either witnessed or experienced.
In some cases, individuals develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental health disorder which is commonly linked to substance addiction.
It is also important to note that each individual’s trauma is unique, and painful experiences are wide-ranging. Trauma can refer to many different types of experiences. It doesn’t have to be a violent situation in the past; it may stem from something as simple as middle-child syndrome or the perceived favoritism a parent shows toward another sibling.
Whatever the source of the trauma may be, it can trigger a mental health disorder that is very difficult to overcome. Some individuals resort to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.
Fortunately, mental health disorder and addiction are treatable by following a trauma resolution track. Long term recovery can be achieved by not only addressing the symptoms of addiction, but also the painful experiences that have fueled them over time. It is crucial to address the source of trauma in order to prevent further psychological and physical damage.
In the treatment resolution program at our center, our counselors work with each client to discover and address the source of their feelings, starting with a thorough evaluation. Addiction recovery is made much easier if those painful memories are able to be resolved. This allows clients to acknowledge the root of their feelings and to receive help on coping with them in a healthy way, without resorting to dangerous substances.