Everyone has at least one moment that sticks with them forever. For some, it’s a happy memory or accomplishment. Unfortunately for others, it’s stressful or depressing. These incidents shape us as people and, for those with trauma, can have lasting adverse effects. Trauma therapy is the only way to address these memories healthily and learn to move forward with life.
What Is Trauma?
Trauma is an experience or event that is emotionally disturbing. Generally, trauma is subjective, so trauma can vary from person to person. What’s traumatic to one person may not be traumatic to another. There are several examples of trauma ranging from personal to global. Examples include:
- Physical or sexual assault
- Neglect and abuse
- Natural disasters
Sometimes, a person may not even remember the traumatic event that’s causing the effects. Often, individuals cannot remember childhood trauma precisely. However, childhood trauma, such as abuse or witnessing domestic violence, can have some of the most prominent effects on a person’s mental health. Trauma therapy helps unlock these memories and teaches the individual how to process them healthily.
The Effects of Trauma
Trauma can have a range of effects on an individual. Typically, individuals who experience severe psychological trauma will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When a person has PTSD, they encounter several physical and emotional symptoms that are triggered by things related to the traumatic incident. These symptoms include:
- Flashbacks and nightmares about the experience
- Panic attacks
- Irritability and hostility
- Anxiety and panic
For example, war can be a very traumatic experience. In fact, veterans experience PTSD at some of the highest rates among other groups. Therefore, anything that reminds them of war can trigger flashbacks, panic, and nightmares. War movies and images are common triggers. Even fireworks, which can sound like gunshots, can trigger a panic attack. Without proper trauma therapy, these effects can negatively affect a person’s quality of life.
Trauma and Addiction
It’s common for individuals with PTSD to rely on self-medication. When they experience a trigger or can’t sleep due to nightmares, they may turn to drugs or alcohol for relief. Furthermore, some may even drink or use heavily to forget their memories of the events. Of course, over time, this reliance on drugs and alcohol will develop into an addiction. Without trauma therapy to address the negative effects of PTSD, a person risks developing a severe addiction.
Furthermore, it’s essential to find a treatment center that offers dual diagnosis treatment. Treating just the addiction or just the trauma will not solve the overall issue. Both conditions need treatment concurrently to ensure the person has the tools they need to combat substance abuse. Without these skills and techniques, the individual risks relapse when they experience another trigger.
Overcoming Trauma with Trauma Therapy
There is no shame in admitting you need help. LA Detox is here to provide support as you begin your journey to sobriety. To that end, LA Detox offers several addiction therapy services that can aid in trauma therapy, including: