“Victim” or “Warrior”? The Way You Phrase Your Trauma Impacts Your Recovery

“Victim” or “Warrior”? The Way You Phrase Your Trauma Impacts Your Recovery

If you’ve gone through a traumatic event in your life, how is it affected the way you view yourself? If you were to consider the physical, mental and spiritual implications that trauma has had on you – along with events that have occurred afterwards – how would you say that your trauma has influenced your values? Your beliefs? Whether we realize it or not, trauma can and does affect our perspectives moving forward in life. Depending on how we deal with the pain we experience afterwards, it can “make” or “break” us – and a lot of that depends on the perspectives we hold.

A movement called “The Warrior’s Journey” notes that these perspective changes are often a part of spirituality. They stated,“Spirituality gives people a way of understanding the world, how it works, how meaning is derived, and how they determine what matters. Spirituality informs a person’s assumptions about life.”

If you were to describe yourself in relation to your past, to your trauma, to the things that have hurt you – how would you describe yourself? Would you call yourself a “victim” or a “warrior”? A 2017 study published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology assessed 104 individuals in recovery from addiction who had gone through adverse life events. They found that for many in the study, self-perception and self-awareness were great drivers of post-traumatic growth, because participants who expressed higher spiritual and personal strength were more likely to take greater steps towards their wellbeing.

This means that if you change your perspective of yourself to one of the “warriors”, you’re more likely to feel a sense of empowerment in pushing past the obstacles that come up during recovery. The American Psychological Association (APA) notes that along with the personal strengths that come with this change of perspective, there are a number of other strengths:

·       Greater appreciation of life

·       Improved relationships with others

·       New possibilities in life

·       And more

Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Recovery is possible; there are people ready to support you on your journey.

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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.