Working Through Traumatic Experiences
Trauma and Addiction Counseling
Addiction doesn’t develop in a vacuum. Our life experiences, positive or negative, shape who we are, what we think, and how we behave. When a traumatic event occurs, in childhood or adulthood, it can disrupt our pattern of functioning and will require significant support to overcome. Often, those who have undergone traumatic experiences find themselves self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, simply because dealing with their past sober feels impossible. As this dependency grows, so does the likelihood of developing a substance use disorder.
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More Than Just Baggage
What is Trauma?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) defines trauma as “an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.” Unfortunately, trauma can be a part of life for everyone, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, or sexual orientation. This means that addressing these underlying triggers for drug and alcohol use is integral to effective behavioral health care, especially in the recovery process.
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Treating Trauma With EMDR
It’s highly important that when substance use disorders are treated, so are the root causes. If traumatic events and memories are left unaddressed, the likelihood of successful sobriety decreases. Concise Recovery Center has seen excellent results in trauma treatment with our proven EMDR therapy sessions.
EMDR is the abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Developed in the late 1980s, this therapeutic method is a heavily researched, effective type of psychotherapy specifically geared for the treatment of trauma. Researchers discovered a link between eye movements and decreased reaction to disturbing thoughts – by creating a unique set of treatment protocols and alternating visual stimulation, EMDR has helped countless people overcome their traumatic experiences. This type of treatment is ideal for clients with co-occurring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other negative symptoms, including flashback memories or disturbing dreams.