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Helping Your Loved One Overcome Trauma

How Will ABT Help Your Loved One Overcome Trauma During Their Time in Treatment?

Addiction often has its roots in trauma. If your loved one is abusing drugs and alcohol to self-medicate from a history of trauma, your loved one is going to need therapies and treatments that specifically address and get to the root of the issue.

Our network of addiction treatment centers will help your loved one gain back control of his or her life. By assessing your loved one individually and assuring that your loved one’s individualized treatment plan best suits his or her needs.

We will work closely with your loved one to begin the development of new healthy skills and tools to handle the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression that often come with a history of experiencing trauma. We also focus on building up self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.

Our network can change the way your loved one perceives themselves and the world around them, progress can be made. Your loved one may truly believe that she or he will never get through a single day without picking up a drug or a drink, but A Better Today can show him or her a different way.

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Around 75 percent of women who enter drug & alcohol treatment have reported a history of sexual abuse or assault.

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It is estimated that 25 to 70 % of those who experience abuse or trauma develop drug & alcohol addictions.

Providing a Safe Environment that Encourages Healing from Trauma & Substance Abuse

If you have a loved one who has experienced trauma, even if they have not been officially diagnosed with disorders like PTSD, it can still affect their life and fuel their drug use.

We understand that if an individual comes into our care who has a past history of trauma, we need to treat not only the substance abuse disorder, but the trauma as well. It is often the trauma that individuals need to move past in order to stop the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.

Perhaps your loved one’s traumatic experience haunts them to this day. Your loved one may feel that he or she is emotionally stuck in that event. Being emotionally stuck in an event that terrifies you is often the precise reason why individuals seek out drugs and alcohol.

A Better Today knows that addressing the trauma is the only way that healing is going to take place. We will help your loved one process and move past that trauma so that he or she can move forward and get on the path to recovery.

Why is Addressing Your Loved Ones Trauma Important During Substance Abuse Rehab?

If your loved one has experienced a traumatic event, it may continue to affect them and how they see and react to the world around them. If your loved one frequently relives a traumatic experience repeatedly in his or her head, your loved one will continue to seek out drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the pain.

Trauma is not something that is easy to deal with without tools. A Better Today understands the importance of helping our networks patients overcome or manage the trauma that is affecting their lives. We understand that giving them the tools they need is going to help them lead a happy life.

The goal is to help your loved one overcome trauma, but depending on the degree of trauma experienced, it can take some time to overcome. If your loved one can learn the tools and skills that we have teach, then your loved one can truly take back control.

We understand that for someone who has experienced trauma, each day can be a struggle. We hope you and your loved one choose our treatment center network to help him or her go from victim to victor.

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Individualized Therapy Sessions & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Our network only employs methods that are proven effective in the treatment of trauma. One of the treatment methods that we employ is talk therapy because talk therapy is one of the most promising methods of treatment to address trauma.

In-depth brain scan studies have shown that those who have been diagnosed with PTSD as well as those who do not have PTSD but have a history of trauma can benefit long term from one-on-one talk therapy. Brain scans of individuals before and after talk therapy treatment have also shown that talk therapy can reverse the structural changes in the brain that are caused by trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another promising method of treatment that can change an individual’s negative and debilitating cognitive processes into more positive and healthy ones. CBT can help an individual resolve a broad spectrum of emotional and behavioral difficulties that are a result of traumatic experiences.

Talk therapy and CBT can be a way for your loved one to express themselves and process their traumatic experiences with hopes that they will rise above the fear and calm the turmoil that continues to impact their life negatively.

Progress Not Perfection: Learning From Group & Family Therapy

A Better Today understands the importance of creating a supportive environment for your loved one while he or she is in recovery. Another method that we employ for treating our patients is group therapy. Group therapy can help your loved one listen to others and share collective experiences.

Your loved one may be surprised to find that others have experienced similar events in their lives. Your loved one may find other survivors of trauma that they are able to relate to and build a healthy relationship with while in treatment.

Family therapy is another important component to substance abuse treatment. We offer family therapy sessions as a way to open up communication between you and your loved one. It is a chance to put thoughts, feelings, and concerns on the table. With time, we hope that you will be able to heal from the damage that addiction has caused your relationship.

Your loved one will be able to keep in contact with you throughout his treatment. Your loved one will have the opportunity to work on their individual issues in treatment, it is equally important that you and your loved one work on your relationship as well. Creating a healthy support system starts with mending your relationship.


Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) is another treatment method that we employ due to its promising effectiveness. EDMR works by helping your loved one gain a sense of what happened to him or her during the traumatic experience. It is a way of helping your loved one process the traumatic event that will allow them to begin the process of healing.

In EMDR, your loved one will pay attention to a back and forth movement or sound while recalling in their mind the traumatic memory. Keep in mind that your loved one does not have to go into extreme detail regarding the traumatic experience during EDMR, but will just be asked to call the trauma into mind.

The goal is to help your loved one change the way he or she perceives the event and helps get passed the feeling of being emotionally stuck in the traumatic event. EDMR is an individualized therapy that has been effective in many individuals and has shown to produce positive results after just a few sessions.

EDMR is a very important tool that our master-level clinicians use with our patients and we continue to see successful results with this helpful one-on-one form of therapy.

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