People may want to focus on addressing their addictions in rehab but they struggle with admitting what they need help to do. Trauma can be complex and hard to get your head around in rehab. It may not even be a question of whether you have trauma at first, because you are dealing with the layers of addiction and dependence first and foremost. Few people actually understand trauma’s role in their recovery but once they grasp the concept, they begin to see why they made certain choices and begin the journey of healing.
Trauma changes the way people look at the world. Trauma can make a person feel the world is scary, unsafe, and not a place to be vulnerable. It is hard to define what is traumatic for one person as it may not be so for another. There is big trauma like abuse and neglect, then there is little trauma such as emotional harm done and the way people respond to their environment. All of it can be harmful to a person later in life who uses substances to cope with the reality of their situation. Trauma may be a series of events or a one off event. The fact is it deeply affects a person’s life and they are forever changed.
People change their worldviews so they feel safe because it is hard to live in a place that does not feel safe. Someone who loses a loved one or experiences trauma realizes their denial is not healthy but it helps them cope for the moment. It is a coping mechanism to deal with what has been thrown their way. Treatment for trauma can help a person uncover behaviors that are unhealthy and not serving them in any way. It looks at behaviors and helps them understand how to feel safe again. When you address the way a person thinks, you are more likely to get to the heart of understanding their journey of healing from addiction and other mental health issues they may have as a result of the trauma. Although many people are eager to address addiction, understanding trauma makes treating it much easier. This means:
- Focusing on trauma-informed care
- Addressing underlying issues as a subtext to addiction
- Deal with thinking patterns that come with addiction
- Focus on the person’s inner healing so they can heal from addiction
It is in doing this that people can break the walls down of their addiction and begin to release the defenses. When they see what it is they struggle with internally, they understand the addiction better and are ready to push back against it with more tools and information at their disposal.
A Step in the Right Direction understands the complexity of helping people get past trauma and work to heal from addiction. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.