When the Past Comes Back to Haunt You: Healing from Trauma in Addiction Recovery

When the Past Comes Back to Haunt You: Healing from Trauma in Addiction Recovery

Trauma can affect us in many ways, even if the incident occurred many years ago (such as during childhood) or as an event that we hadn’t fully allowed ourselves to process at the time. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common disorder that occurs after a traumatic incident, and may include paranoia, nightmares, difficulty concentrating, agitation, depression, feelings of helplessness, and more.  If you’re currently in addiction recovery and you’ve found yourself experiencing distress from trauma that has occurred in your life, you’re not alone. There are ways to heal from this trauma, but it does take time.

A publication by the National Trauma Consortium and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) defined trauma as, “…Experiencing, witnessing, or being threatened by an event or events that involve actual serious injury, a threat to the physical integrity of one’s self or others, or possible death.”

Holistic approaches to addiction recovery open up many pathways for healing and transformation, as there are a variety of methods that can be used depending on a person’s preferences, needs, and recovery goals. For example, psychotherapy is an excellent safe space for working through trauma, as you can work closely with your therapist to identify problematic events in your life and the inherent beliefs that have stemmed from those events. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common approach for moving past thoughts that have previously held us back, with tools that are easy to apply to daily life.

Neurofeedback therapy is a holistic approach that’s made huge waves in the recovery world by teaching individuals how to regulate their emotions through visual enhancements of their brain activity. A practitioner who has been practicing in the field for several years told the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, “…These are powerful tools that can offer hope to those who have been stuck in cycles of reactivity, shame, and hopelessness.”

Personalized treatment is a major consideration, as each person has different issues and needs. If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

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.

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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.