Trauma Therapy for Addiction

Those who have experienced traumatic experiences in their past often suffer physical and emotional symptoms as a result. Traumatic experiences can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Being bullied
  • Witnessing combat
  • The death of a loved one
  • Living with a mentally ill parent
  • Having a parent in prison
  • Witnessing a fatal accident

Traumatic experiences can lead to a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder, which can affect people in a number of ways. Psychological trauma can overwhelm a person’s thoughts and emotions and can lead to a change in the way that individual thinks and behaves. Those who are suffering from unresolved trauma may begin to question their beliefs and may develop trust issues. These people often feel disconnected from others and may feel unsafe. However, trauma therapy is available; here at Liberty House Clinic, we have a number of professional counsellors and therapists that work hard to help patients suffering from unresolved trauma.

Consequences of Unresolved Trauma

Those who have experiences of trauma are at higher risk of addiction. Many people who are suffering because of a traumatic event in their past will self-medicate with substances such as alcohol or drugs. Unresolved trauma can lead to a host of mental health issues as well, including depression, anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis. If left untreated, individuals suffering from trauma can become violent or suicidal.

Trauma sufferers can be left with long-term emotional problems if they do not get treated. These issues can affect their daily lives and lead to destructive addictions, which in turn become very hard to treat. Some people living with the weight of unresolved trauma may be unable to have a healthy relationship with others as they become withdrawn and isolated. They might feel as though they are unworthy or damaged in some way, and incapable of being loved.

Symptoms of Unresolved Trauma

Many symptoms can be experienced by those who have untreated psychological trauma, including:

  • Avoiding specific locations or people that remind them of the event
  • Nightmares or flashbacks
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Hypervigilance
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Aggression
  • reckless behaviour
  • Self-harming
  • Mood swings
  • Social withdrawal
  • Emotional detachment
  • Self-medication with drugs or alcohol

While the above symptoms are typical for those who have been affected by a traumatic experience, if they begin to affect the person’s ability to live a normal life they need to be treated immediately. Left untreated, the condition will get worse and the person will find it increasingly difficult to live a normal life.

Here at Liberty House Clinic, we understand that trauma is a condition that requires effective treatment. Our trauma therapy programme has proven to be successful with previous patients, and we make sure that the approach we use is always tailored to the individual.

Treating Trauma

There are a number of different therapies and methods used for the treatment of unresolved trauma; here at Liberty House Clinic, we offer an intensive and concentrated treatment programme for those suffering from this condition.

We use a combination of individual and group therapy sessions with elements of cognitive and holistic approaches designed to identify the cause of the problem and to help the patient deal directly with it. If patients are suffering from dual diagnosis and have an addiction to drugs or alcohol as a result of a traumatic experience, we will create a structured treatment programme designed to help the patient overcome both conditions.

Trauma therapy at Liberty House Clinic combines a number of approaches, with psychotherapy and medication being the preferred options. Psychotherapy is used to treat mental health disorders and emotional problems and is carried out by fully trained mental health professionals. We use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions to help our patients change their maladaptive behaviour and replace it with positive behaviour.

We understand that patients need to learn to come to terms with the traumatic event they have experienced, and our fully trained therapists have the skills and knowledge to help patients cope with the distress they may feel when discussing this event.

We also use group therapy sessions as we know from experience that these sessions can be extremely helpful. Many people find it helpful to share their experiences in a group setting and find that talking to others who have experienced similar events can be therapeutic.

Medication is also used to treat psychological trauma when appropriate. At Liberty House Clinic, patients may be prescribed antidepressants in conjunction with psychotherapy if they are not suffering from an addiction to another chemical substance such as alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication.

If you or someone you love is unable to lead a full life because of a traumatic experience, contact us here at Liberty House Clinic today. We know that with the right treatment you can overcome your problem and can start living again.

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