Trauma can manifest in different ways depending on the individual and their coping mechanisms. When someone has experienced trauma, they are more susceptible to substance use and addiction. It is only natural to try and find ways to cope with intense emotions, memories, and physical sensations related to the trauma. Some individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to escape their pain, while others may engage in self-harming behaviors or develop eating disorders. These coping mechanisms are not healthy or sustainable ways to deal with trauma. Trauma therapy can help individuals develop healthier coping strategies and address the root causes of their trauma.
Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Washburn House offers comprehensive trauma therapy programs. Call 855.298.3104 today to discover how we incorporate trauma therapy into our compassionate addiction treatment programs.
What Is Considered Trauma?
Trauma refers to the emotional response one has to an extremely negative event or series of events. This can include experiences such as:
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Witnessing violence
- Experiencing a natural disaster
- Serving in a war zone
The impact of these experiences can be profound and long-lasting, affecting every aspect of an individual’s life.
How Trauma Impacts Our Lives
The effects of trauma can be pervasive, impacting one’s physical health, mental well-being, relationships, and ability to function in daily life. Individuals who have experienced trauma may struggle with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues. In many cases, individuals may turn to substance use as a way of coping with their traumatic experiences, leading to addiction.
Trauma and Addiction
There is a strong link between trauma and addiction. Many individuals who struggle with substance use disorders have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. At Washburn House, we understand this connection and incorporate trauma-informed care into our addiction treatment programs.
While it is understandable, using substances to cope with trauma can actually worsen the effects of trauma in the long term. Substance use may provide temporary relief, but it ultimately creates more problems and difficulties in one’s life.
What Is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma therapy is a therapeutic approach that aims to help individuals process and overcome traumatic experiences. It involves various therapeutic modalities such as:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Mindfulness practices
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
These therapies can help individuals better understand their trauma, develop healthy coping skills, and work toward healing and recovery. Trauma therapy addresses the underlying causes of addiction and helps individuals break free from self-destructive coping mechanisms.
Benefits of a Trauma Therapy Program
Participating in a trauma therapy program can have numerous benefits. It can help individuals:
- Understand and process their traumatic experiences
- Reduce symptoms of PTSD and other mental health issues
- Develop healthier coping strategies
By addressing the root cause of their addiction, individuals can build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Trauma-informed care also creates a safe and supportive environment for individuals to work through their trauma and heal. At Washburn House, our trauma therapy program is part of a comprehensive range of services.
Call Washburn House Today to Start Trauma Therapy
If you or a loved one is struggling with trauma and addiction, Washburn House is here to help. We are committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care in a supportive environment. Our team of dedicated professionals is ready to guide you on your journey towards healing and recovery.
We accept Medicaid, commercial insurance, and self and private pay, making our services accessible to a wide range of individuals. Contact Washburn House today online or call 855.298.3104 to learn more about our trauma therapy program and how we can support you on your path to recovery.