Trauma and Addiction Treatment

Traumatic experiences in childhood and adulthood threaten one’s sense of safety, identity and wholeness. Trauma undermines our capacity to form trusting and reliable relationships, and puts us at greater risk for alcohol and drug abuse. Just as the muscles in the human body strengthen or degenerate based on their use or disuse, the psyche develops, expands, contracts, and scars based on life events and how they are experienced and understood. Shame, guilt, humiliation, demoralization, degradation and remorse are the most common emotional results.

Causes of Trauma and Disconnection

Individuals and families carry wounds from emotional, physical, or sexually violent and threatening events. Another set of trauma-linked conditions derives from interpersonal experiences of failed attachment, in which individuals feel they were never understood–never “gotten”–by their caregivers, even those who appeared to provide more than adequate resources and attention.

Years later these individuals blame themselves for how they feel and own an internalized sense of failure that validates their story of self-loathing and inferiority. Many beat themselves up by maintaining a set of unattainable, self-imposed standards and measures of success. Despite these views causing great psychic pain, the underpinnings of trauma and disconnection make them seem unshakable.

Coping with Trauma

Individuals cope with trauma and its psychic/emotional effects with damaging patterns of thinking and behavior. Though coping mechanisms were originally invoked as a way to survive, they become disruptive and destructive over time. They commonly include:

  • Rationalizing, intellectualizing and denying, often with obsessive thinking
  • Compulsive behaviors with ritualized aspects as seen in OCD
  • Disconnecting from self and others through disordered eating or substance abuse
  • Gambling, spending, compulsive sexual behavior and other process addictions
  • Self-harm, isolation and withdrawal

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Finding Relief from Trauma

Seeking help for trauma-related difficulties is a very personal decision often occurring at a moment of psychic, physical, and emotional/spiritual crisis. Our clients and their family members quickly discover they are not alone and do not have to stay trapped in the spirals of loss and disconnection that accompany unresolved and untreated trauma and attachment disorders.

How we Treat Trauma

Since trauma and attachment disorders involve the brain and manifest with life-threatening physical and psychological effects, our qualified and caring therapists and collaborating practitioners address client needs at all levels: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Through integrative and holistic techniques, we facilitate healing at the source of the trauma, not just management and treatment of symptoms.

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Healing and Rediscovery

When we are truly free of longstanding issues and harmful behavior patterns, something amazing happens. We see the world with an openness and freshness that has not been with us since we were very young. We feel alive and joyful again. We begin to live life from a place of who we truly are, revealing our true essence to ourselves and others.

Find the right program for you

  • Primary Care

    Start your recovery with an individualized course of clinical and therapeutic treatment (30-90 days) that addresses your specific needs and integrates your existing support system. Learn more

  • Chronic Relapse

    Stop the relapse cycle and pick up the recovery process where you left it. Our program takes a clinical focus on the underlying issues that stand in the way of recovery. Learn more

  • Extended Care

    Practice your transition back to everyday life in a safe, nurturing residential environment. This option is an excellent choice for clients who have completed primary care here or at another facility, and who seek additional support. Learn more

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