How We Help Treat Trauma with Therapy

For many individuals that suffer from addiction and co-occurring illnesses such as PTSD and Anxiety Disorder, trauma can be an underlying contributing factor. This is not the case for all addicts and alcoholics, but where there has been trauma in an individual’s past; unless professionally treated, it can prove to be a great stumbling block to the individual’s ongoing and future recovery. At Oasis Bradford, we like to ensure that no stone is left unturned with our patients; as neglecting a vital contributing factor, can undo all they have achieved whilst in treatment. Our rehabilitation programme includes Trauma Therapy, designed to treat each patient as a whole individual; this means starting the process of unearthing and treating the root causes of their addiction and any co-occurring disorders presenting.

Unresolved trauma can lead to a whole host of complex and maladaptive coping mechanisms; ones that will serve no useful purpose in their recovery.  In the past they will have relied on these coping mechanisms to survive in the world of addiction. Moving forward, we feel it is important to treat any underlying trauma and show the individual new and healthier coping mechanisms that will prove an asset to their ongoing growth in recovery.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is an event that causes the individual to experience intense psychological or physical pain. It is not the actual event that is the problem, but the individual’s response to the event that causes long-term problems. This is not to underestimate a traumatic event, but some will be able to deal with traumatic events better than others, or will seek help promptly.

Unresolved trauma can result in the individual accumulating more trauma, due to not being aware of boundaries and of what is right or wrong. This is what is clinically known as ”complex trauma”. If an individual is suffering from complex trauma it is likely that they will need ongoing therapy after leaving the treatment environment if they are unable to stay in residential rehab for a substantial period of time.

An individual is more likely to suffer from trauma if:

  • The event was unexpected and they were mentally and physically unprepared for what happened
  • They experienced feelings of being overwhelmed and powerlessness during the event
  • They experienced or witnessed deliberate cruelty
  • The event was perceived as life threatening; or threatened the individual’s bodily integrity or psychological sanity
  • The event involved violence of a physical or sexual nature
  • The individual experience repeated psychological abuse over a period of time
  • The event or events happened during early developmental years i.e. childhood or teenage years.

Trauma can have a lasting impact on the individual’s quality of life and if not treated correctly and promptly, can result in PTSD, Addiction, Depression and Anxiety. It is vital that the individual who has suffered from trauma in their past, receives the correct treatment to help them to overcome and process it, in a safe and unthreatening environment. At Oasis Bradford, we believe in the healing power of the treatment methodologies that we deliver within our structured and intensive programme. The environment we have created within our rehab clinic, is one that is safe, secure, compassionate and nurturing to the recovering addict.

What Causes Trauma?

Those who suffer from unresolved trauma will usually experience a number of psychological and emotional problems as a direct result. Unresolved trauma can impact on every area of the individual’s life and cause the sufferer to experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder -PTSD. This can lead them into substance abuse, developing an addiction and further co-occurring illnesses such as depression, eating disorders , co-dependency  and anxiety disorder . The individual is very unlikely to make a full and lasting recovery until they have undergone professional treatment for the traumatic experience. Traumatic experiences can include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Being bullied as a child or as an adult
  • Bereavement
  • Witnessing or experiencing deliberate cruelty
  • Witnessing combat (war veterans are particularly exposed to experiencing trauma)
  • Living with a mentally ill parent
  • Having a parent in prison
  • Witnessing a fatal accident
  • Experiencing a life-threatening event such as an accident or illness
  • Experiencing abandonment from a parent or major care giver

At Oasis Bradford, we aim to uncover trauma in the early stages of treatment. By successfully treating the trauma early on in the treatment process, the individual is then free to concentrate on improving other areas of their life that have suffered as a consequence. Psychological trauma can overwhelm a person’s thoughts and emotions and can lead to a change in their cognitive thought process and subsequent behaviours. Those who are suffering from unresolved trauma may suffer from paranoia and have relationship and trust issues; they are prone to isolation and have great difficulty in forming healthy and lasting relationships with themselves and also with others. They may feel that the only person they can rely on and trust is themselves; at times they may even question that! This can be very self-destructive, especially if the individual’s cognitive perception has been altered through the event or events. They will typically suffer from very low self-esteem and self-worth, and often blame themselves for events where they were clearly not at fault.

Symptoms of Unresolved Trauma

Those that suffer from unresolved and untreated trauma are at very high risk from developing PTSD as a result. PTSD can be a co-occurring illness that can often accompany addiction. For both conditions to be treated successfully, it is imperative that they are treated in full and simultaneously for optimum results. PTSD is a chronic and debilitating illness that can result in a number of highly distressing symptoms. Recognising if you or a loved one are suffering from trauma is the first step in seeking the correct help and treatment. Symptoms of unresolved trauma or PTSD include, but are not limited to:

  • Nightmares or flashbacks resulting in sweats, shakes and rapid heartbeat and panic
  • Avoidance of people, places or situations that act as a reminder of the traumatic event
  • Feelings of guilt, anger and shame
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Panic attacks and Anxiety Disorder
  • Hyper vigilance
  • Paranoia and mistrust
  • Insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns
  • Irritability, aggression and over reaction
  • Reckless behaviour and at putting self at risk
  • Self-harming, self-punishment and self-hatred
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and loved ones
  • Inability to receive or give love
  • Feeling empty and devoid of emotions
  • Emotional detachment from others
  • Self-medication with drugs, alcohol  or prescriptions pills
  • Suicidal ideation or attempts at suicide

Individuals that have suffered trauma are at very high risk of self-medicating their symptoms; this can lead to addiction and a physical and psychological dependence on a substance or activity. The longer the individual goes untreated, the symptoms are likely to worsen and the more difficult it is for them to find recovery.

Our Trauma Treatment Programme

At Oasis Bradford we take unresolved trauma very seriously; we understand the potential consequences to an individual’s recovery from addiction by neglecting to treat unresolved trauma. More often than not at some point in their recovery, their past will catch up with them and it will be impossible for them to change their cognitive thought processes without dealing with the trauma first. Putting it simply, unresolved trauma can lead to relapse in the recovering alcoholic or addict. We therefore deliver a number of evidence based, powerful healing treatment methodologies, that are proven to be effective in treating unresolved trauma. We treat trauma alongside any other conditions presenting such as addiction, substance abuse problems and other co-occurring illnesses.

Treating the Whole Person

By offering a person-centred approach in our treatment of each individual patient, means that we treat each individual as a whole person, not just one singular aspect. Our inpatient rehabilitation programme is both comprehensive and very intensive. Each programme is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient on a physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and social level. Our counsellors and therapists are experienced and qualified in delivering treatments that are helpful to trauma sufferers including:

  • Dialectical behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Compassion therapy
  • Psychology
  • Individual therapy and group therapy

We also deliver a number of powerful healing holistic therapies, proven to be successful in the treatment of addiction and its co-occurring illnesses such as PTSD. Our holistic programme includes Art therapy  and Music therapy , amongst many others. These particular therapies can provide a useful alternative medium in which the individual can safely explore and express their emotions with a qualified therapist present.

Addressing trauma can be very upsetting and difficult for the sufferer; we, therefore, offer a very nurturing and compassionate environment to support them during this often-difficult process. Our medical and support staff are available at all times of the day or night to speak to our patients. We always ensure that each individual patient’s safety and comfort is a priority within our clinic.

Full recovery from unresolved trauma is entirely possible, as is recovery from any coexisting conditions such as addiction, anxiety, PTSD and depression. We have every confidence in our exemplary treatment programme and in our staff. Let us help you or your loved one to break free from the past and step into a whole new world of healing and recovery.

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