Do You Need Trauma-Informed Therapy?

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Understanding and treating trauma is one of the most intricate mental health challenges. Trauma goes beyond lingering unpleasant memories. It can fundamentally alter the brain, especially in the regions that govern memory, decision-making and emotions. These changes can create a state of constant hypervigilance and fear, where the world no longer seems safe, and threats linger around every corner. Trauma-informed care represents a shift in healing, focusing on unlearning beliefs and processing the events that have occurred rather than merely treating symptoms.

Trauma’s Pervasive Impact

Trauma’s effects can profoundly influence your thoughts, feelings and even personality. You might find yourself caught in a cycle of vivid flashbacks or nightmares, battling a relentless inability to relax and feeling persistently isolated, angry or besieged by intrusive thoughts. This permanent fight-or-flight state suppresses functions like memory and impulse control, while making everyday life a constant emotional battle.

Trauma’s unpredictability and profoundly personal nature complicate its treatment. Events that deeply affect one person might not impact another in the same way, even if they experienced it together. Trauma can stem from sources such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, natural disasters or the loss of a loved one, each leaving a unique psychic scar.

Despite the daunting shadow trauma casts, there’s hope in neuroplasticity – the brain’s remarkable ability to rewire itself. By forming new connections and strengthening existing ones, you can heal, gradually undoing the damage wrought by trauma.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

For many, the weight of trauma leads down a path of unhealthy coping mechanisms, including substance abuse. Initially, drugs and alcohol may seem like a refuge, offering temporary relief from hypersensitivity, social withdrawal, depression and insomnia. However, this respite is short-lived. Substance abuse ultimately compounds the emotional and physical damage.

When trauma coexists with a substance use disorder, it’s crucial to address both concurrently. This dual diagnosis requires trauma-informed therapy that recognizes addiction as a symptom of acute pain and loss.

The Power of Trauma-Informed Therapy

Trauma therapy focuses on rediscovering strengths, hopes and safety by unlearning and reprocessing faulty beliefs and redefining your relationship with yourself. At Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, we use evidence-based techniques like EMDR, trauma-focused CBT and psychodrama to help our clients heal. Our goal is to reframe negativity, restore your inner peace and empower you to regain control of your life.

Our dedicated team provides compassionate, comprehensive care that addresses the multifaceted nature of co-occurring addiction and trauma, guiding you to improved well-being. Contact us to learn more about our philosophy, the benefits of hospital-based treatment and how we can support your recovery.