Too often, women may experience trauma and not get appropriate treatment for it. In such instances, those women may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the traumatizing event’s effects. However, because these issues have such close ties, the woman needs both addiction treatment and trauma therapy. Doing so offers multiple benefits for the woman. Please contact The Willows at Red Oak today at 855.773.0614 to seek treatment for your addiction and mental health condition.
What Is Trauma Therapy?
At The Willows at Red Oak, our trauma treatment program involves several types of therapy to help a woman overcome the mental effects of a traumatic event, which may include:
- A dual diagnosis treatment program
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment
- An individual therapy treatment program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program
As part of addiction recovery, trauma therapy addresses past events that left lasting impressions to impact lives and contribute to substance use. Consequently, treating both at once lessens the likelihood of relapse after leaving rehab.
1. Improved Addiction Recovery
Since many addictions have a component rooted in trauma, receiving treatment for the latter can improve the former. For instance, in a dual diagnosis program that addresses both PTSD and substance addiction, the chances of successfully recovering from both issues go up.
With trauma therapy, methods used may help the client to learn how to handle the memories of the event without turning to unhealthy options. Therefore, the tendency to use drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication decrease. Hence, the client’s chances of success in a substance use recovery program will increase.
2. Freedom from the Past
Trauma regularly drags a woman back to the past event. Moreover, moving beyond the incident becomes complicated with the lasting effects of the trauma. Therefore, having counseling that teaches the client how to learn to deal with the past emotions and memories can bring freedom.
One of the most common client goals with trauma counseling is learning how to let go of the traumatic event. By breaking away from the trauma, the client can focus on current concerns and triumphs and live in the moment for a more enjoyable life.
Reaching this level of freedom cannot occur overnight. The client must work closely with a therapist to address how the trauma impacts them and how to change their thought patterns. With extensive work and therapeutic support, the client can find freedom from the traumatic event.
3. Ease Symptoms Caused by PTSD
For many women who have trauma, the event can cause lasting symptoms of PTSD. They may have some of the following:
- Trouble sleeping or eating
- Experiencing flashbacks or nightmares of the event
- Avoiding triggering people or situations
- Feeling physical symptoms of chronic stress
Therefore, getting help for PTSD can lessen these effects of the condition.
When it comes to combining PTSD treatment with addiction recovery, reducing chronic stress and improving sleep can also make handling the mental and physical effects of stopping substance use easier. For example, for a woman who has trouble sleeping, getting trauma therapy to help her to work through PTSD may improve her sleeping patterns. Consequently, getting better sleep may improve her overall well-being and help her succeed in other recovery aspects.
Learn About The Willows at Red Oak
If you’re a woman with trauma in your past and a substance use disorder, we might be able to help at The Willows at Red Oak. Our facility provides a healing atmosphere for young women seeking recovery from substance abuse. Learn more about our trauma-informed care for addiction recovery. Reach out to our facility online or by phone at 855.773.0614.