It is not uncommon for trauma victims to turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with the emotional and psychological fallout of a traumatic event. A trauma based therapy program helps you to manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and overcome your addiction at the same time.
New Freedom Academy offers a trauma based therapy program at our dual diagnosis treatment center in New Hampshire. Through dual diagnosis, we provide the right treatment that targets both your trauma symptoms and the underlying causes of your addiction. We do more than just deal with the symptoms. Our goal is to provide healing and an overall sense of wellness so that you can be free from PTSD.
Living With PTSD: The Signs of Trauma
People who have PTSD are often unaware of it. Many of the symptoms of PTSD slowly happen years after the initial trauma. It is important to recognize the signs of trauma so that you can get help. Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Leary of others brought on by a deep fear of trust
- Being or feeling isolated and alone all the time
- Difficulty regulating your emotions or feelings
- Real or related flashbacks of the traumatic event
- Scanning all new environments or situations for potential risks (hypervigilance)
- Incapable of dealing with stressful situation or perceived traumas
If you have persistent depression or thoughts of suicide, then you should seek help immediately. New Freedom Academy can help you learn how to manage the symptoms of PTSD instead of merely coping with them.
Trauma Therapy Techniques
Your trauma and your condition are unique. As such, you should receive substance abuse treatment that addresses your condition. We combine a variety of trauma therapy techniques to form a comprehensive treatment for PTSD such as:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Your therapist uses various eye movement patterns to help you identify and process unresolved memories. By viewing certain images or patterns, you instantly recall details of your trauma. Facing your trauma helps you to overcome your fear or negativity toward it.
Medication can help you manage disruptive trauma reactions. They are useful in easing the symptoms of PTSD such as hyperarousal, emotional instability, anxiety, and depression. While medication will not address certain factors in your PTSD it can reduce the effects of some of your symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based talk therapy that helps you to identify negative behaviors, thoughts, or beliefs and replace them with positive thinking. If you can see the relationship between your thoughts and your behaviors, then you are more likely to control how you act.
A group can give you the support and encouragement you need to work through PTSD. Members of a group share similar stories, feelings, and symptoms. You can provide insight through your story and listen to others as they provide insights. A support group provides a safe environment without judgment.
Find a Trauma Based Therapy Program
If PTSD and addiction have finally taken their toll, then you may be ready to try trauma therapy. New Freedom Academy offers comprehensive treatment for all types of addictions and mental disorders. Our licensed therapists have the experience and training necessary to help you recover from your condition.
If you would like to know more about how to get started with a trauma based therapy program, contact us today. A treatment specialist can meet with you to discuss your treatment options and answer your questions. Call us at 866.420.6222. We are here to help you get on the path recovery from PSTD.