Addiction and Trauma

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

What is the current issue at hand regarding addiction and trauma?

Research shows that emotional or physical trauma that has happened in one’s childhood can be linked to addiction later in life. Individuals attempt to cope with uncomfortable feelings and emotions through a multitude of actions and behaviors, including addiction. Therapy is useful to help uncover and work through underlying trauma to then begin to treat the root source of the problem.


What are some of the therapy options that a patient has to help work on trauma?

While working with a therapist, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are all different methods that can be used and have proven to be quite helpful.


What are some specific techniques used in a therapy session?

First, providing a safe and comfortable place for clients to process and discuss trauma is imperative. Therapists will challenge irrational thoughts and use a tool called ‘reality checking’ to help patients. Positive coping skills to replace addictive behaviors will be taught and practiced being implemented while maintaining contact with one’s therapist.


What are the benefits of working through trauma?

Trauma can be crippling to one’s entire life. Working through trauma has the ability to completely change one’s quality of life, restore connections with others, and help to find a purpose. When trauma is no longer ruling one’s life, the individual becomes in charge of their own experiences.


How does TPI help patients looking for resources and therapy regarding trauma?

The Progressive Institute offers many resources for patients looking to get help with mental health and addictions. After a clinical intake, specific recommendations are made which can include but are not limited to individual therapy, family therapy, or group therapy. Also, medication management is provided at TPI.

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