While experiencing trauma does not guarantee that a person will develop an addiction, research clearly shows that trauma is a major underlying cause of addictive behavior. Addictions often help dull the sensations of being overwhelmed that post-trauma changes create. Thus, these behaviors become a survival tool. Fear drives all post-trauma related behaviors. Trauma therapy works to resolve those fears.
While trauma is inevitably a part of the treatment process, especially within the setting of individual therapy, we recognize that trauma therapy is often times better suited in the context of long term therapy. In this spirit, we aim to begin the process while clients are in care with us.
Within the treatment setting, clients will be provided comprehensive education on what trauma is and how it effects the body and mind, thorough trauma screening, and, as needed, referrals to the best trauma specialists in the area.