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Often, those who experience trauma turn to substances and other medications to cope with the effects of their horrific experiences. Whether it’s childhood abuse or trauma experienced as an adult, these situations can leave indelible marks on our brains, bodies, and souls. Untangling the symptoms of trauma is an important part of building a toolkit for long term sobriety.

Understanding Trauma

Trauma is the change a person experiences after they’ve witnessed or experienced a distressing event. Someone who has lived through trauma may find themselves experiencing physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms long after the event has occurred. The National Council for Behavioral Health reports that  70% of adults experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. This equates to 225 million people that have been affected by trauma. In addition, those who seek out treatment for trauma are 14 times more likely to be diagnosed with a substance use disorder. 

Trauma can impact all facets of life. Affecting self-esteem, confidence, and overall day-to-day functioning, when a person experiences a traumatic event, it causes chemical changes in the prefrontal cortex, a component of the brain that affects regulation of emotions and decision making, which can also contribute to the development of addiction. 

So what events are traumatic? Traumatic events can occur anywhere at any time, and people experience trauma in different ways for different reasons. Trauma can happen once, or in repeated episodes. Single-event trauma happens only one time. Examples of single-event trauma can include:

  • Robbery
  • Abduction
  • Car accidents
  • Sexual abuse
  • Violence
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce of a parent
  • Natural Disasters

Ongoing Trauma

On-going trauma is a second type. This specific type of trauma may occur multiple times over an extended period, and therefore is more difficult to treat. Some examples can include:

  • Sexual of physical abuse
  • Witnessing sexual or physical abuse
  • Mental abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Health conditions such as cancer
  • Being a victim of racism, sexism, elderly or LGBTQ+ abuse
  • Bullying
  • War

How is Trauma & Addiction Treated?

At Casa Colina, we offer evidence-based trauma therapy in order to mitigate the symptoms of trauma. Working with each individual, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address underlying issues and develop new coping skills surrounding the traumatic incident. Safety is the most important factor when treating trauma. Clients will experience a safe environment during their stay to safely dig deep into any trauma wounds. Treating trauma outside of a residential setting can lead to exposure to unhealthy coping mechanisms. At Casa Colina, healing is found through all the therapy services we offer below

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy has been shown to increase distress tolerance, reduce trauma symptoms, and increase therapeutic breakthroughs. Our trained equine therapists run groups every week so that each client has the opportunity to take part in this healing process. 

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that helps reduce the symptoms of PTSD after experiencing a traumatic incident. CPT helps individuals learn how to challenge these negative belief systems they may have learned or picked up after the traumatic incident. In this, the individual creates new understandings and core beliefs of themselves so it reduces the effects of the trauma in the future.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a therapy that uses tools, or hands-on activities to recreate past situations, relationships or patterns. Re-enacting these experiences in a structured environment, individuals can safely release repressed emotions with the help of a licensed clinician and trained professional. Once these emotions are released, they can be replaced with forgiveness,  calmness and can often change their perception and view of the incident. 

Brainspotting

Brainspotting is an evidenced-based therapy used to identify and process emotional pain in the brain created by trauma. Using fixed eye positions, brainspotting helps clinicians access unprocessed trauma in the brain and release it to create new emotions surrounding the event. As an effective form of dual diagnosis treatment, it provides healing and long-term results. 

Symptoms of Trauma

Trauma can manifest itself in a varying number of forms. Symptoms can present itself immediately after the incident occurred or years after it occurred and can range from emotional, psychological, or physical symptoms. While each case is different depending on the trauma, some general symptoms can include the following:

  • Mood swings
  • Hypervigilance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation & irritability
  • Nightmares 
  • Emotional detachment & unwanted thoughts
  • Flashbacks & dissociation

Trauma Therapy Near Dallas Texas

Trauma therapy can be challenging, but in the long-term deeply rewarding. Casa Colina understands the unique needs of individuals who have experienced trauma also suffer from addiction. Our multi-modalities combined with our interdisciplinary team work together to uncover the root causes of addiction. We understand that recovery and trauma therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach and guide each individual through the process. If you or a loved one are suffering with the debilitating effects of trauma and addiction, reach out to us right now. Casa Colina is here to help you begin a new life. 

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