Trauma Therapy pertains to different techniques designed to help those unable to emotionally cope with past trauma, or PTSD. Trauma is an emotional response to an event in your past that has caused you long lasting emotional distress, like physical or sexual abuse, a car accident, natural disaster, or even your parents’ divorce. These techniques include Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and EMDR. These are all designed to help you process, cope, and get to the root of these traumas that are affecting you. While trauma is not the cause of addiction, it can certainly exacerbate addictive behaviors.
What is Trauma Therapy?
How does Trauma Therapy work?
Trauma Therapy is designed to help you process and work through these events in your life that are otherwise hard to address. Trauma Therapy uses different methods to get you into a place where you feel comfortable and safe to peel back the layers of your trauma. By getting you into the headspace where you feel comfortable talking about them, you can begin to properly process and work through these events that have impacted your life.
How will Trauma Therapy help heal my addiction?
People who experience trauma often turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress. PTSD can change brain chemistry in the same way a substance abuse disorder does. Many times, these disorders form at the same time and feed off one another. The same trauma that caused PTSD can also trigger addiction.Trauma Therapy is meant to help you process triggering events and help you find healthy coping mechanisms. While it’s never easy, it will be worth it, and will have a lasting positive impact on your life.