If you want to know what a trauma therapy program is, you first need to understand trauma. Trauma is an emotional response to events or experiences that overwhelm your ability to process what’s happened and respond in a healthy manner. People who experience trauma may feel helpless as they struggle to cope. There is a strong connection between trauma and substance use disorder. That’s why processing trauma is an essential part of recovery. For more information on the best trauma therapy program for your situation, contact the caring professionals at Liberty Bay Recovery by calling us at 855.607.8758.
Is Trauma Common?
Until fairly recently, the word trauma referred to a harrowing, often violent event or series of events. That might be an assault, witnessing a violent act, the sudden death of a loved one, or domestic violence. Now mental health experts have a better understanding. People can be traumatized after having any experiences that threaten their physical, emotional, or social wellbeing. For example, someone who has experienced food insecurity may suffer from trauma. Other traumas might be ongoing bullying or being diagnosed with a chronic illness. More people struggle with trauma than we realize. Worse, they may struggle without understanding the root cause of their issues. That is why mental health and substance use disorder treatment must involve processing trauma.
Processing Trauma to Heal
Some people who struggle with trauma are unable to even talk about it. Others may talk about it freely, but they are emotionally detached. They may make a joke or dismiss traumatic experiences as no big deal. However, they still struggle with the aftermath of trauma via substance use, anxiety, anger, or depression. Fortunately, when people can process their trauma, they can heal and develop healthier coping mechanisms. That is an intensive process that takes time. It involves:
- Connecting with a therapist in a safe place
- Recounting the trauma in an emotionally honest way
- Acknowledging feelings
- Exploring what happened with the support of a therapist and other care workers
- Resolving the trauma and moving forward
When someone goes through this process, many important things happen. They can let go of guilt and shame associated with their trauma or their inability to function healthily as a result. They learn to recognize and experience emotions by remaining present and using mindfulness techniques. Finally, people who properly process their traumas learn healthy coping skills, develop support systems, and engage in self-care practices.
The treatment environment ensures physical and emotional safety. Individuals get privacy as well as shared areas that are comfortable and welcoming. We take care to approach and communicate with patients in ways that aren’t traumatizing to them. Caregivers are aware of how their demeanor, posture, and tone can impact whether a patient feels safe.
Patients play an active role in creating their recovery plan. They have a say in how long treatment will last, which topics they will address, and the types of therapy they may pursue.
Therapists and clients work together to form a trusting relationship, to be honest in their work together. Collaboration and choice are very closely associated, as the two elements must create a therapy plan that works.
Clear boundaries are communicated and maintained. Caregivers and other staff are honest and consistent in their interactions with clients.
We work to help clients explore and develop their strengths. They are taught coping skills and build resilience. Each of the following programs works to empower individuals in their recovery:
- Inpatient addiction treatment
- Partial hospitalization
- Outpatient addiction treatment
Liberty Bay Recovery’s Trauma Therapy Program Can Help
If you are struggling with trauma and want to achieve the healthy, functional life you deserve, we can help. Contact a caring service provider at Liberty Bay Recovery by calling us at 855.607.8758. We’ll help you find a path to healing.