An Overwhelming Sense of Helplessness
Traumatic experiences, and the traumatic stress that follows, are the result of circumstances beyond our control. Whether it’s “hard” trauma, like the horrors of war, or “soft” trauma, such as emotional or sexual abuse, we survivors often feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness. And, all too often, our response to this feeling of helplessness is an attempt to regain some sense of control in our lives. First, we start to judge our emotions. We apply labels to them or compare what we actually feel to ideas of how we “should” feel or act. As a result, we try to regulate our emotions, often with disastrous results. We turn to risky behaviors like excessive drinking or abusing drugs as a way to remember an idealized past while avoiding difficult feelings. Therapy, on the other hand, teaches us who to accept these emotions and cope with them through positive methods.
One of the ways we begin to understand these emotions and deal with traumatic stress is by connecting with other people. Through process groups and counseling sessions, we start to learn that we are not alone. In the beginning, this may mean just listening and hearing our stories being told in different forms by others. Slowly but surely, as we reach a comfort level at our own pace, we begin to open up and share our own experiences. We start to build connections with other members of the group. We start to see their strength – and our own strength reflected in them – and we start to lose that sense of helplessness.
Solid Structure and Healthy Coping Skills
Another way we work through traumatic stress at Ocean Recovery is by implementing a structured environment. It takes some getting used to, but the daily schedule soon becomes familiar. And the familiarity provides comfort. Going to bed and getting up at the same time, eating meals at regular intervals, and sticking to a daily routine provide a sense of normalcy in our lives, Furthermore, we make positive, stress-reducing activities a part of that routine. Through yoga and mindfulness sessions, we teach our clients how to cope with traumatic stress in a positive, productive manner. Additionally, our clients learn how to provide their bodies with the best possible fuel through nutritional counseling.
Real Courage Means Asking for Help
Ocean Recovery has been successfully teaching our clients how to deal with traumatic stress since 2002. At our facilities in sunny Newport Beach, California, our clients take their first steps toward a new life of abundance and contentment. We offer a holistic approach to trauma recovery and utilize cutting-edge modalities in crafting a unique treatment plan for each client. We include cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, EMDR, yoga, and more as part of our whole-body methodology. If you or someone you love is struggling with traumatic stress, please consider giving Ocean Recovery a call today. Real courage means asking for help. Ocean Recovery is ready to answer.