Often, drug and alcohol treatment does not include trauma focused therapy—but we know there is a direct correlation for individuals with substance abuse conditions who have also suffered through trauma of any kind. In fact, for people who have endured numerous traumatic episodes, there is a 90% chance they will confront addiction head-on as a coping mechanism to dissolve their pain. At Beachway, we believe in treating the root cause of addiction, and that includes providing comprehensive trauma-informed care, which results in a more holistic healing experience and improved rates of long-term recovery.

Trauma-informed therapy gives individuals the tools to understand why their addiction or mental health condition is holding power over them. With this “why,” clients who have suffered from trauma are better prepared to engage in therapies that dig deep and address those experiences in a productive, effective way that supports drug and alcohol recovery.

Trauma therapy utilizes experiential therapies to encourage clients to fully participate and engage in the treatment process. Therapies can include: inner-child work, psychodrama, process therapy, talk therapy and meditation. Individuals participating in trauma-informed care can expect to meet with a group throughout the week. Also, they work on individual assignments that promote self-discovery and empowerment. The deeper a client goes to address the root cause, the more successful the healing from trauma and substance abuse.

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An Extreme Response Is Typical—and Healthy

Often, when an individual digs deep during experiential therapies, he or she might relive those traumas, or feel a sense of shame, guilt, sadness or anger. Clients often need help processing their emotions, memories and traumas effectively. This is expected. Beachway is fully prepared for these natural, healthy responses to therapy. We offer the clinical and therapeutic support to ensure success.

Is Trauma the Same as PTSD?

While many people assume that trauma is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we know that trauma can present with a range of symptoms and impact individuals in a variety of ways that are completely unrelated to PTSD.

Grief and loss. Some experience trauma via grief and loss, and they might cycle into deep depressions or feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety.

Abuse. Trauma results from sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse. And, clients who were victims of bullying or dealt with verbally abuse, negative circumstances at home as a child might be suffering from unresolved trauma.

Life circumstances. Betrayal, adultery, divorce and even termination from employment can be traumatic and create long-lasting effects that might also trigger substance abuse or addiction.

Because individuals process harmful experiences in different ways, there is no one “type” of trauma that is worse or more damaging. Each client’s traumatic experience is treated with great care, targeted therapy, clinical support and a holistic approach.

Treating the Root Cause: Trauma Therapy to Stop Addiction

Individuals who have experienced any level of trauma that is not addressed during drug and alcohol treatment have a greater chance of relapse. At Beachway, we take a holistic approach by implementing proven, trauma-informed care to help clients process experiences that trigger vulnerabilities to substances.

Learn more about trauma and recovery, and how trauma-informed care can unlock a suffering individual’s potential to embrace drug and alcohol treatment, and succeed in long-term recovery. Call Beachway today at 877-284-0353 or fill out this simple form and we’ll get in touch with you.


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