Have you struggled to move past a traumatic incident in your life? Did you turn to illicit substances to forget about the trauma, but developed an addiction instead? If you’re struggling with your mental health due to a traumatic incident, you need trauma informed therapy. Participating in a Los Angeles PTSD therapy program can help you move past your trauma and move on with your life in a positive, safe, and healthy way.
What is Trauma Informed Therapy?
While a range of addiction therapy services is essential in dealing with addiction, trauma informed therapy is crucial for those struggling with the past. A traumatic incident can be a number of situations and every incident is different for the individual. Examples of trauma can include:
- Natural disaster
- Sexual assault
- Violent crime
- Car accident
When someone is suffering from trauma, they’re experiencing intense stress that overwhelms and hinders their ability to cope and move forward. Trauma informed therapy helps individuals accept and move on from these incidents without the use of illicit substances.
The Four R’s and the Five Principles
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, trauma informed therapy involves the four R’s and the five principles.
The four R’s include:
- Realizing- Individuals must realize how immense the traumatic incident is.
- Recognizing- They must then recognize how this trauma is affecting their daily life.
- Responding- Through trauma informed therapy, the individual is able to respond to the trauma differently by changing their perspective.
- Resisting- Therapy then teaches the person how to avoid, prevent, and work through triggers.
The five principles are:
- Empowerment- The client learns and accepts the strength they have to move forward in life.
- Safety- The therapy sessions create a safe space for clients to feel vulnerable and talk about their experiences.
- Collaboration- Clients understand how healing occurs through relationships they build with loved ones, peers, and their therapists.
- Trust- The client must provide their therapist with truthful facts without leaving any information behind in order for therapy to be a success.
- Choice- The therapist suggests coping skills that protect the dignity of the client.
By implementing these components, the therapist can help a client work through their trauma during trauma informed therapy sessions.
Once the individual is able to work through their trauma, they can then focus on breaking free from their addiction. Learning coping skills for stress and triggers will eliminate the need to rely on these illicit substances. By addressing both issues, the dangerous cycle can end.
Are you struggling with an addiction along with your mental health? Do you need dual diagnosis treatment that includes trauma informed therapy? LA Detox is here to help you get the help you need. To begin your recovery journey, contact LA Detox today at (866) 932-8563.