Traumatic events change the structure of the brain. Whether from childhood or adulthood, a person who experiences trauma is likely to struggle with several complications resulting from that experience, including drug and alcohol addiction. If you have experienced trauma, you can recover if given the right support and guidance, but that often takes investing in professional treatment. At Fort Behavioral Health, our trauma therapy program provides exceptional resources to help you pull away from the pain created by trauma.
Why Is it Difficult to Heal from Trauma?
Trauma can happen to anyone. It can include physical, sexual, emotional, or mental abuse. Trauma may be when a person witnesses a loved one die or when a military professional endures the damages caused by war. Basically, trauma happens when there is an intense event that your brain struggles to process properly.
Because your brain can’t process a traumatic event, the event remains “stuck” in your mind and doesn’t fade as other memories do. Trauma changes the brain’s chemistry, often creating situations that seem impossible to manage.
Signs You May Need Trauma Treatment
Recognizing the signs of trauma in yourself may help you see the value of seeking out professional treatment.
Common signs that trauma treatment may be beneficial include:
- Experiencing flashbacks or visual memories of the abuse or trauma at unexpected times
- Reliving the experience when you are in the same place or around the same people
- Feeling intense physical reactions to those memories, such as increased breathing and heartrate
- Using drugs or alcohol to stop having to think about or feel those experiences
- Having low self-esteem and confidence even though you know you did nothing wrong
Many people with trauma struggle with relationships. They may battle periods of time that are intensely challenging and then go for a while without thinking about it. What’s most important to remember here is that help is available.
How a Trauma Therapy Program Works
At Fort Behavioral, trauma therapy does not force you to relive what’s happened to you. You do not have to walk through that experience again. The goal of this therapy is to help break the connection of what happened to you in your daily life and future. That’s not as easy as it sounds, but through talk therapy and numerous holistic and evidence-based programs, it will happen.
A trauma therapy program at Fort Behavioral Health may incorporate components of other care as well. Some people are experiencing depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder triggered by or made worse by the trauma. Getting treatment for mental health disorders like this at the same time as receiving care for trauma is going to give you the best way forward.
For some, drugs and alcohol are the tools of choice when it comes to battling the symptoms of trauma. This creates another layer of frustration and additional treatment needs. A person will need to work through addiction treatment as a way to overcome what they are facing. That may mean utilizing medications and detox programs to help strengthen your ability to beat addiction and trauma.
At Fort Behavioral Health, we offer a range of therapies to support the healing process. Each one offers a new way forward for you, providing you with exceptional attention to your individual needs.
- 12-Step programs
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Somatic experiencing programs
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Motivational interviewing process
Begin to Heal with Trauma Therapy at Fort Behavioral Health
You can heal from trauma. It may seem impossible and painful right now, but with proper care and support, you’ll learn how to move beyond trauma. Fort Behavioral Health works with many people to provide this type of supportive environment. Put your trust in us. Call 844.332.1807 or connect with us now online to get the process started.