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 lives. It affects relationships, general life progress, mental health and quality of life.
Trauma: One of the Leading Causes of Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Sexual or general physical abuse
- Natural disasters
- Professional failure
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches’ trauma treatment professionals are trained to identify and address the link between trauma and substance abuse. Additionally, we have a team of accomplished research professionals constantly exploring and recommending cutting-edge care methods in the field of trauma recovery. Our program incorporates a combination of state-of-the-art occupational therapies and group and individual counseling to help patients build strength and confidence by learning to effectively manage their trauma. We address the root causes of trauma, while simultaneously treating patients for the physical and psychological damage caused by drug and alcohol abuse.
The Three Trauma Categories
There are several types of physical and/or psychological trauma, most of which fall into one of three categories and may occur at any time in an individual’s life.
Trauma Category One
This traumatic experience may involve a single, intense event such as: a serious automobile or industrial accident; a serious threat to one’s life or the life of a loved one; abduction; rape; robbery, mugging or other acts of personal violence; natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, fire, etc; and acts of terrorism.
Trauma Category Two
In the second category, the traumatic experience may involve repetitive and ongoing events such as: sexual or physical abuse of the self; witnessing violence and/or sexual or physical abuse of others; profound physical or psychological neglect; military combat; prisoners of war, kidnapping, or other captivity; torture; prolonged illness and extensive medical procedures; etc.
Trauma Category Three
The third category involves the combination of those events listed above and may occur simultaneously or separately over long periods of time.
Helping Patients Face and Manage Their Trauma Safely
Our trauma treatment program was designed to help patients comfortably and healthily process, acknowledge and communicate their trauma without breaking down and resorting to extreme and drastic behavior. 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.
These therapies include:
We have developed the program to address trauma brought on by both shocking, singular events like abduction and repeated patterns of traumatic experiences such as bullying or parental abuse. Our specialists are also trained in treating co-occurring disorders, and can successfully reduce the damage caused by trauma-related 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.