Everyone experiences trauma differently. For those struggling with trauma, it can manifest in many negative ways. Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance use disorders often develop as people try to find ways to cope with their trauma on their own. For those wondering what trauma therapy is, trauma therapy at an accredited treatment facility can help those struggling with trauma develop healthy coping skills to manage the effects of trauma.
What Is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma therapy essentially helps people who have trouble coping with the trauma. This lack of coping may also lead to a mental health or substance use disorder. Trauma therapy arms those affected with coping skills and techniques to better manage the traumas they have had in their lives. Most people are not equipped with these coping skills instinctively, so they tend to bury their negative feelings, withdraw from socialization, or engage in dangerous behaviors.
If you are wondering what kinds of traumas could cause people to react this way, here are some examples:
- Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse at a young age
- A problematic home environment that is a constant source of stress and manifests itself in negative ways
- Military deployment and combat that leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- A worldwide pandemic like COVID-19
- Accidents that cause physical injuries as well as mental health issues
- Natural disasters that weigh on your mind and make you fearful that they could happen again
- A bad breakup or divorce that causes people to cope in a negative way
- Dealing with a death or illness and developing trauma related to the grief
Trauma therapy should involve a treatment program tailored to the individual’s unique needs. Therapies could include traditional talk therapies, behavioral therapies, experiential therapies, and medication management.
Trauma Therapy Benefits
Trauma therapy has many benefits. Even if someone seems fine on the surface, if they have experienced a significant trauma, then they should seek professional help as they may be suppressing deep feelings associated with the trauma. Getting to the root cause of trauma is a large part of what therapy will work on. Also, a dual diagnosis exists in many cases, with addiction and mental health issues going hand in hand.
Benefits of trauma therapy at a rehab facility in Texas include:
- The opportunity to build a rapport with a therapist so that you have a trusted professional you can count on to help you better understand what you are going through.
- As part of a rehab center, you can fully customize your trauma therapy treatment plan utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities.
- The ability to treat co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
- Better understanding and managing triggers of the trauma.
- Learning to better communicate feelings and speak up if something or someone triggers you.
- Renewed confidence and healthier relationships as a result.
- Peer-to-peer support with others going through similar experiences.
- Less risk of relapsing to a substance use disorder that may have resulted from the trauma.
Find Relief with Trauma Therapy at The Arbor
Trauma can affect people in different ways. Struggling to cope with the trauma is quite common and can lead to a variety of mental health conditions and substance use disorders. A trauma therapy program can be the key to learning how to cope with the trauma in a healthy and productive way. The treatment team at The Arbor is experienced in trauma therapy and can show you how it can benefit you or a loved one.