Trauma is defined as a singular or repeated incident that has caused significant long-term damage in a person’s past and has negatively impacted their ability to move on with their life. It often takes a toll on a person’s mental health and affects relationships, general life progress, and overall quality of life. Without professional mental health treatment that focuses on these traumatic events, many people will struggle to ever see improvement.
Different Types of Trauma
There are several types of physical and/or psychological trauma. They often involve experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. They typically fall into one of three categories and may occur at any time in an individual’s life. Trauma treatment is usually different depending on the type of trauma as well as the severity of the symptoms.
Popular examples of significant traumatic events include:
- Robbery or mugging
- Abduction and kidnapping
- Automobile accident
- Public shooting or acts of terrorism
- Sexual or general physical abuse
- Natural disasters
- War and Combat
- Prolonged illness or medical problems
- Professional failure
Traumatic events typically fall into trauma category one, trauma category two, or trauma category three. A trauma category one can involve a single, intense event such as a serious car accident or natural disaster. A trauma category two event involves repetitive and ongoing events such as sexual or physical abuse as well as prolonged medical treatment for a serious illness. Finally, trauma category three involves a combination of these events listed above and may occur simultaneously or separately over long periods of time.
Trauma Leads to Addiction
There are many symptoms associated with a trauma disorder including problems sleeping, extreme anxiety, avoidance of related people and/or environments to the traumatic event(s), depression, flashbacks, and complications completing everyday tasks. Unfortunately, trauma may also lead to substance abuse.
Symptoms can become so problematic for a person that they may turn to drugs or alcohol as their main coping mechanism. They begin to abuse these substances as a means of escape without realizing the negative consequences that come with this poor habit. Eventually, their drug or alcohol use can turn into an addiction that will only leave them feeling worse. This cycle of addiction is a dangerous path of self-destructive behaviors, but with the help of our behavioral health treatment in South Florida, you can break this cycle for good.
How To Treat Trauma: Our Trauma Recovery Treatment
At the Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, our trauma recovery treatment program will help patients who have suffered traumatic experiences face the demons of their past and develop new coping mechanisms to improve their lives in the present. Our trauma treatment professionals are trained to identify the link between trauma and substance abuse and to address both issues through our co-occurring disorder treatment in Palm Beach. At our trauma treatment center, patients are encouraged to comfortably process, acknowledge, and communicate their trauma without breaking down and resorting to extreme and drastic behavior.
If your time in combat has led you to start abusing heroin, you will start with a full mental and physical evaluation. The first step of your treatment will be a heroin detox to remove the drug from your system. The next step will be to address the mental concerns related to your problems. Fear and shame often prevent patients from being able to live with their trauma while maintaining a healthy, normal life. Our program combines group and one-on-one counseling with state-of-the-art treatment therapies to help patients gradually move past their traumatic experiences while avoiding relapse. Additionally, we have a team of accomplished research professionals constantly exploring and recommending cutting-edge care methods in the field of trauma recovery.
Some therapies we use include:
- Light Sound Neurotherapy (LSN)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- PTSD Treatment
We have developed the program to address trauma brought on by both shocking, singular events as well as repeated patterns of traumatic experiences.
Trauma Recovery Treatment for Lasting Success
We address the root causes of trauma, while simultaneously treating patients for the physical and psychological damage caused by drug and alcohol abuse. We will work with patients to identify the triggers of trauma response behavior and develop coping mechanisms so that they can finally have peace and rebuild their lives during their addiction recovery. Give yourself or your loved one the chance to move past the debilitating emotional pain and suffering of trauma with our mental health and trauma treatment.