The survivors of trauma are all around us. They’re our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and quite possibly, us. Causes of trauma will vary significantly among survivors. Everyone is unique, so it’s essential to recognize that even experiences deemed harmless by some are processed as traumatic for others.
At Baltimore Detox Center, our team firmly believes that access to a trauma therapy program helps on an individual basis as well as benefits entire communities. Also, we feel that knowing the ways trauma therapy can help people may also make you more receptive to receive trauma counseling treatment.
5 Reasons to Get Trauma Counseling
Address Traumatic Experiences
Making sense and finding meaning in your lived experience can help you begin healing. Once the process starts, trauma triggers may become less frequent or lessen in severity. Trauma symptoms may be reduced overall. With time and patience, your mind can begin to find peace.
Learn New Coping Skills
Trauma often causes us to adopt unhealthy coping methods because dealing with the trauma itself is too painful. When trauma begins to heal, a person may begin to find a new sense of clarity about the power over their own life and see that drugs and alcohol, and self-destructive patterns for what they are, inadequate methods of coping.
Reconnect with Loved Ones
Trauma can cause triggers that make it harder to socialize or be close to people around us. A lost sense of self and situations perceived as threatening can make a traumatized individual prone to self-isolate and hide from others out of shame or the inability to control the emotional responses their trauma might trigger. Healing can trauma can allow more space for connection.
Lower the Potential for Future Traumatic Experiences
Often trauma is an eventual result of other long-buried trauma that was left untreated. As the saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people.” The residual effects of trauma cause harm to many aspects of life and often permanently alter the way we respond to our environment. Inflicting violence or harm toward others is never excusable, but it is crucial to treat trauma before it can manifest in harmful ways. Further trauma is not an inevitability of unaddressed trauma, but healing it could hold the key to preventing future adverse outcomes, both for the survivor and those close to them. Some examples of the consequences of untreated trauma are missed opportunities, broken relationships, phobias, addiction disorders, mental health issues, and overall diminished quality of life.
Set Realistic Life Goals
Trauma has a way of reaching into our psyche and causing us to shut down. This freezes up our decision-making abilities and slows down our cognitive processing. The potential deficits you may have experienced due to trauma make goal setting and following through seem impossible at times. Healing trauma frees up mental space, allowing you to begin making meaningful strides towards your educational, work, and life goals.
Recognizing The Symptoms of Trauma
When we see someone enduring the pain of trauma or feel that we are personally suffering from the after-effects of trauma, we can feel stirred to action. To help someone suffering from the effects of a traumatic experience, it is first necessary to recognize the signs and symptoms of an untreated trauma disorder. There is a multitude of symptoms associated with trauma responses. Some possible symptoms are:
- Anxiety and depression
- Missing chunks of time, memory lapses, or disassociating from your surroundings
- A deep sense of despair, hopelessness, or emptiness towards life
- Self-imposed isolation
- An intense feeling of abandonment or loss
- Urges to self-harm
Find Your Path to Healing Today at Baltimore Detox Center
Everyone who has endured trauma has their perceptions of, responses to, and unique ways of dealing with it. An individualized trauma-based counseling program is necessary to fully address all of the far-reaching effects on a person’s life and begin the healing process of healing. Don’t hesitate to contact Baltimore Detox Center today by calling 833.714.1575 or completing our online form for more detailed information about trauma counseling options.