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Combining trauma and addiction treatment combined promotes healing and sobriety
Acknowledgment, acceptance, and moving on are the main goals in trauma recovery. Developing an understanding of the impact trauma has had on your addiction will allow you to take some control back. It will also enable you to gain more awareness of your emotions and recognize triggers so you can cope with them in a healthier way.
With growth, comes empowerment. By owning all parts of your story, you become more than a survivor—you become a thriver.
Trauma and addiction treatment combined allows you to live a more fulfilling life no longer weighed down by the impact of your disease or past traumatization. Although you will encounter some discomfort or pain as you go through the process, this is a natural response and necessary for healing. Your treatment team will support you every step of the way, helping you to process memories and emotions in healthy ways that won’t re-traumatize you but help you put your experiences into perspective.
You will become someone who can face challenges you never thought possible!
What we cover in trauma treatment and addiction therapy
At Lifetime Recovery, we are passionate about treating trauma and addiction. That’s because we know what’s possible for our clients once the trauma work has been done. It increases your chances for long-term sobriety and greater happiness and fulfillment in life.
Topics we cover in trauma and addiction treatment include:
- The link between substance use and trauma
- Trauma triggers
- Trauma: The connection between mind, body, and spirit
- Trauma and stress responses
- Empowering the survivor
- Challenging negative thought patterns
- Emotional regulation and expression
- Letting go and moving on from trauma
- Challenging stigmas and perceptions of survivors
- Forgiveness in the healing process
- Feeling grateful for surviving
- The impact pain has on developing connections and mending relationships
- Safety planning
- Redefining my survival story
- Stages of healing
- Types of abuse
- Victim, survivor, and thriver mentality
Understanding the causes of trauma
It’s important to know about the causes of trauma so you can be properly treated for it. While people suffering from the effects of trauma have unique and individual experiences, traumatic events generally include:
- Surviving childhood abuse, neglect or abandonment
- Living in or having survived a war zone
- Experiencing sexual assault
- Suffering a severe injury
- Having a serious illness
- Surviving a natural disaster
- Experiencing domestic violence
- Being involved in a car accident
- Going through the death of a friend or loved one
- Witnessing a violent act or event
- Witnessing the death of a human or animal
What may be extremely traumatic for one person may not prove traumatic for someone else. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to a person’s individual experience of trauma.
In addition, the effects of trauma don’t always appear right away. Instead, they may lay dormant or undetectable until eventually manifesting into negative behaviors, actions, or thoughts-days, weeks, months, or even years later.
For some people, the negative effects of trauma show up in the form of substance abuse and addiction. Alcoholism, prescription drug misuse, or illicit drug use may seem as though they’re problems on their own. Oftentimes, however, these substance use disorders are the result of deeply rooted reactions to traumatic experiences. That’s why professional trauma and addiction treatment is so necessary for long-term healing and success.
How trauma and addiction co-occur
Traumatic experiences impact peoples’ lives in different ways. For some, trauma impacts their relationships and prevents them from becoming emotionally close to others. For others, trauma causes the development of anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.
People who have traumatic experiences may see signs and symptoms of trauma, such as:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Memory problems
- Emotional numbness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Moodiness/mood swings
- Nightmares, insomnia, and other sleep problems
As these kinds of symptoms grow more intense, people may seek unhealthy ways to cope, such as turning to alcohol or drugs, developing a gambling problem, or becoming dependent on prescription medication they’re taking to treat their symptoms.
Trauma and addiction treatment program in New Jersey
Trying to go through recovery alone is dangerous and lonely. Supervised trauma and addiction treatment allows you to start your journey with a professional and supportive team of people helping you along the way.
At Lifetime Recovery in Mullica Hill, NJ, in South Jersey, our outpatient and medical detox treatment center treats people with conditions ranging from drug and alcohol addiction to mental illness.
We’re also one of the few alcohol and drug rehab centers to provide gambling addiction treatment. Through our integrated model and holistic approaches, we provide evidence-based winning solutions for you to recover from painkiller addiction and develop healthy ways to live the rest of your life.
Serving all of New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, Connecticut, and New York.