Trauma Therapy and Treatment
Integrated Treatment for Substance Abuse and Trauma
Promises Austin provides the type of integrated treatment that has proven effective for individuals struggling with addiction and trauma. We recognize that when trauma goes unaddressed the chances for sustained recovery and emotional wellness are greatly diminished. Our trauma treatment services are designed specifically for individuals dealing with substance abuse and trauma in residential treatment.
Individuals who have experienced trauma participate in all of the therapies and activities offered in our traditional drug rehabilitation programs, along with:
- Individual EMDR sessions to address trauma where needed
- Trauma resiliency groups
- Educational classes about trauma and related issues
- The Daring WayTM curriculum to address trauma resolution through empathy, compassion and shame resilience
- When clinically appropriate, Integrative Breathwork and other experiential therapies aimed at accessing and addressing core issues including trauma
Upon discharge, clients receive referrals to outside trauma treatment specialists and EMDR practitioners, so they can continue their trauma care recovery after leaving Promises Austin.
In addition to providing targeted services for those coping with trauma, all aspects of treatment at Promises Austin are trauma-informed. This means that our staff approaches each client with understanding and sensitivity toward underlying trauma issues, and is educated about emotional trauma and the interactions between trauma and addiction that often go unrecognized in other treatment settings. Many of our staff are certified clinical trauma professionals. From assessments to counseling to relapse prevention planning, every aspect of treatment is informed by an understanding of how trauma affects people’s lives.
Why Address Trauma in Drug Rehab?
Scientific research has provided two important insights about addiction recovery:
1) More than half of people who struggle with addiction have unresolved emotional trauma. This includes the types of experiences that people typically think of as traumatic, such as abuse, violence and natural disasters, but it can also include any experience that is perceived as harmful or threatening and that has lasting negative effects on the individual’s functioning and well-being. Examples include: physical injury, medical procedures, divorce and the ending of friendships, loss of employment, witnessing or learning about a traumatic event, and even being traumatized by something traumatic happening to someone we care about.
2) Addressing both substance abuse and trauma at the same time dramatically reduces the risk of relapse and improves long-term outcomes.
Substance abuse and trauma are not separate issues. They interact and feed off one another. Drugs and alcohol are often used to medicate trauma symptoms. At the same time, using substances can exacerbate trauma; for example, people are at risk of additional trauma when they visit dangerous parts of town to get drugs, take risks while under the influence, or fail to develop the skills to self-regulate when difficult feelings arise.
By establishing a sense of safety and beginning to process underlying traumas, symptoms can be resolved or decreased to manageable levels, and clients report significant improvements in their day-to-day functioning.
Trauma recovery is a long-term process, but you can overcome it and get restored to who you used to be. Call to learn more about our cutting-edge treatment for substance abuse and trauma.