Many people suffering from addiction started abusing drugs or alcohol because of past trauma. Trauma therapy plays a substantial role in gaining lasting recovery. With trauma therapy, you can enjoy freedom and healing from a substance abuse disorder, too.

Trauma means different things to different people. What affects one person deeply may not affect another at all. Severely traumatic events can result in PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD leads to many signs and symptoms that cause chaos in your life and contribute to your addiction problem.

Trauma Therapy for Addiction

Young woman on sofa with counselor conducting trauma therapyWhen a person experiences ongoing, building stress or anxiety, witnesses a severe event or suffers involvement in something severely traumatic, PTSD occurs. Therefore, continuous childhood abuse causes PTSD for some people, just as military veterans experience PTSD after a war. PTSD’s causes also include domestic abuse, witnessing violence, sexual assault, and rape.

Common symptoms of PTSD include sleeplessness, nightmares, angry outbursts, and flashbacks. When anger or aggression stem from PTSD, people suffering this disorder feel guilty, uncontrolled or even depressed about how they behaved. But they continue reliving their trauma through nightmares, flashbacks and a constant flood of uncontrolled emotions.

The desire for calm and normalcy push many people with PTSD into substance abuse. Prescribed medications provide a chance for sleep, while also providing an escape from symptoms of the disorder at other times. Unfortunately, short-term symptom relief turns into worsening of the symptoms. Trauma therapy treats the root of these issues for long-term comfort.

What Does Trauma Therapy Involve?

There are multiple types of trauma therapy. Each method works toward the goal of working through the traumatic events and feelings, so you learn how to normalize your emotions. Trauma therapy includes EMDR and cognitive behavioral therapy. You also need family therapy, so your entire family can heal from your addiction, just as you need help gaining their support, communication, and understanding.

Each type of therapy seeks to provide distance from your fears while teaching you how to regulate your emotions. Treatment for trauma also connects you to a support system and pulls you away from self-destruction.

Dual Diagnosis Therapies

Dual diagnosis treatment involves treating your addiction and its underlying causes of mental illness. Substance abuse often begins in trauma, just as other mental illnesses trigger drug and alcohol abuse. Of course, some conditions like depression and anxiety flare for the first time or even start due to addiction. This is why you need to understand how these two diagnoses fuel each other.

When trauma leads to substance abuse or addiction, merely treating the addiction does not lead to long-term recovery. You also need to address the trauma and gain an education in how to prevent triggers and stress to avoid relapse.

How Therapy for Trauma Helps You

Trauma therapy helps many people seeking rehab because it gets to the roots of the substance abuse, instead of providing only a surface fix. If you do not gain therapy for your trauma, you set yourself up for eventual relapse when flashbacks, emotions or nightmares flare up. Through the right substance abuse treatment programs, you regain control over your life and emotions. This means you stop feeling the need to self-medicate.

Ocean Recovery, a Newport Beach recovery center, provides therapy for trauma, along with a variety of treatments, educational programs, and support for lasting recovery. Therapy sessions at our rehab center in California include:

In addition, these therapies make up part of Ocean Recovery programs for both men’s and women’s residential program that include:

If you or someone you love suffer addiction rooted in past trauma, the right treatment can help. Call Ocean Recovery now at 800-641-2388 for more information about available therapies and programs.