Did you know that trauma frequently leads people down a road to addiction? Likewise, people in addiction often suffer new trauma because of their drug or alcohol abuse. This is why finding a rehab offering a trauma therapy program is so important for lasting recovery. Until you get the help you need for both trauma and your substance abuse disorder, you remain stuck in the cycle of self-medication.

How Trauma and Addiction Go Together

Many people start abusing drugs or alcohol almost innocently, in an effort to feel fewer symptoms of trauma. These symptoms of trauma include anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, anger, depression, irritability, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and concentration problems.Woman speaking to a therapist during a trauma therapy program

This collection of trauma effects make daily life difficult. You cannot function well at work, school, or home. This is why many people then start drinking or using drugs, even for just momentary relief of their symptoms.

Of course, no one sets out to suffer addiction. But when you use substances to feel “normal” and function better in daily life, addiction easily follows. Even worse, the substances stop helping you feel better and only make your trauma worse. This is how trauma and addiction pair, making your life a miserable cycle of substance abuse and trauma effects.

Understanding the Importance of a Trauma Therapy Program

Trauma takes many forms and comes from many experiences. Some forms of trauma include sexual, emotional or physical abuse. Others include crime victimization or military combat. If you suffer poverty, disease, disaster, or mass violence you can also develop signs of trauma.

Because addiction often pairs with trauma or other types of mental illness, you need individualized trauma treatment in rehab. This treatment includes dual diagnosis care and trauma therapy. Through this important therapy, you gain the stress management and coping skills you need for long term sobriety. You learn to deal with stress symptoms, while useful medications possibly help treat some side effects of trauma like anxiety and depression.

What does a trauma therapy program include?

Aspects of a quality trauma therapy program include:

  • Loss or grief counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Exposure therapy or desensitization
  • Medication for some symptoms
  • Coping skills development
  • Stress management

Trauma therapy takes many forms. So as part of your trauma treatment, you may receive individual talk therapy, group therapy, and family counseling. Your therapies can include a wide range of approaches, from evidence-based methods like CBT to art, music, or meditation therapy. You also build life skills, as you lost many of these learned skills during your addiction or failed to develop them during your substance abuse.

A trauma therapy program can look very different from program to program. It also varies from one person to the next. But all trauma therapy recognizes your need for respect, information, and optimism in recovery. It also helps you understand how trauma relates to your substance abuse.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), six principles form the foundation of quality trauma treatment. These principles include safety, trust and transparency, peer support, collaboration, and empowerment. They also include observation of and respect for cultural, gender or historical issues in your life.

Where to Find Trauma Therapy in West Los Angeles

When you need substance abuse treatment and trauma therapy in Los Angeles, your best resource is an accredited dual diagnosis treatment center. Look for a program specifically offering trauma therapy, such as Authentic Recovery Center (ARC). Authentic Recovery Center provides the hope, help, and healing you need for a healthier and more fulfilling future in recovery.

Programs of Authentic Recovery Center include:

To end your cycle of substance abuse and trauma effects, call Authentic Recovery Center now at 855-568-7132. Talk to a caring professional who understands your dual diagnosis needs. Learn about the available West Los Angeles trauma therapy program and start getting this important help for a better life. Call now.