One of the most common causes of addiction is past emotional trauma or psychological trauma. At Baltimore Detox Center, we understand that trauma-related disorders may be the main reason why you have an addiction. Sometimes, the only way people know how to cope with traumatic events from their past is to numb the pain with drug and alcohol abuse.
Our team wants to help you heal your emotional wounds that may be causing your addiction. The trauma therapy program at Baltimore Detox Center is an effective method to discuss emotional trauma, psychological trauma, mental health disorders, and addiction.
What Is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma refers to a dangerous, violent, catastrophic, inappropriate, or deeply frightening event that the mind cannot process. Trauma affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior in significant ways.
Unfortunately, many people who have endured various forms of trauma become addicted to substances later in life. In some cases, those who have experienced trauma may abuse substances to cope with their pain.
For example, certain substances can provide a numbing effect or a temporary feeling of empowerment. While these temporary feelings can be a welcome reprieve from the daily pain experienced by many trauma victims, substance abuse only adds to the problem. Since these individuals require increasing amounts of the same substance to experience a pleasurable effect, they run the risk of severe addiction.
At Baltimore Detox Center, trauma therapy gives you the opportunity to explore past trauma so that you can come to terms with the trauma and then move on with your life.
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a mental health disorder that results from experiencing a traumatic event. This includes any event that is experienced personally, witnessed, or learned about that causes feelings of extreme fear, helplessness, or horror. Examples include experiencing a natural disaster, a serious accident, war, rape, or other violent personal assaults. It is not uncommon for one to experience trauma.
According to the National Center for PTSD, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one incidence of trauma in their lives. Nearly everyone who experiences a traumatic event will have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping and may experience PTSD symptoms for some time. However, over time, recovery occurs naturally, and PTSD symptoms resolve on their own. For others, however, the symptoms persist and become interfering and distressing.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Trouble with concentration
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Mood swings or sudden bursts of anger
What Are the Benefits of Trauma Therapy?
There are many beneficial reasons to participate in trauma therapy, including:
- Stronger relationships – By exploring and healing past trauma, you are more likely to repair relationships with family and friends.
- Greater awareness of new possibilities – Once our team of professionals has lessened the negative impact of trauma, you will see all of the opportunities that life has to offer.
- Increased personal strength – As you work through trauma, you will find an inner strength that you may not have realized that you have.
- Overcoming low self-esteem or shame – Those who suffer from a traumatic event may experience feelings of low self-esteem. Our team will help empower you to realize your goals in recovery and beyond.
- Development of coping skills – The team at Baltimore Detox Center wants to teach you coping skills so that you can successfully continue your recovery after leaving our facility.
Discover More About the Trauma Therapy Program at Baltimore Detox Center
If traumatic events from your past may be causing your addiction, we can help. Learn more about our trauma therapy program by contacting our team by calling 833.714.1575 or completing our confidential online form today.