Somatic Therapy: Improving Symptoms of PTSD in Addiction Recovery

Somatic Therapy: Improving Symptoms of PTSD in Addiction Recovery

Research estimates that around 70% of adults in the United States have experienced trauma at least once in their lives. The aftermath of trauma can leave physical and/or psychological wounds for many years to come, and those in addiction recovery often find themselves struggling to move past these devastating life events. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can make day-to-day life incredibly challenging and may involve symptoms such as emotional numbness, flashbacks, paranoia, nightmares, difficulty concentrating and more. Addiction recovery is more than just working to heal addiction – it’s about the healing and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) emphasizes that the traumatic events of our lives can oftentimes lead us to hold persistent, negative beliefs about ourselves. We may tell ourselves that we’re not worthy, that we’ve deserved what has happened to us, that we’re to blame, and more. There are many causes and effects to addiction, but since trauma is often intertwined, it’s important for those in recovery to find healing not just through addiction – but through these traumatic events, too.

Somatic therapy deals with the body and is a form of psychotherapy that combines both mind and body exercises. Used as a holistic approach, somatic therapy isn’t one entity in and of itself, however; rather, it’s an umbrella term for a number of modalities used to bring about positive effects on a person’s mind, body and spirit:

–       Massage

–       Sensory awareness

–       Dance

–       Martial arts

–       Reiki

–       Trigger point therapy

–       Acupressure

–       And more

With a variety of approaches and techniques to choose from, clients can select what works best for them – and pair it alongside traditional approaches, too. With many direct and indirect benefits stemming from a combination of both Western and Eastern approaches, many clients find a sense of grounding they’ve never found before.

If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today. The time to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit is now.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.