Trauma directly impacts treatment for anyone recovering from substance use disorder (SUD). According to Depression and Anxiety, “[E]vidence has shown that the correlation between trauma and substance abuse is particularly strong for adolescents with PTSD.” The researchers reported that “up to 59% of young people with PTSD subsequently develop substance abuse problems.” Untreated early trauma can lead to behavioral and mental health problems later in life. Rehabilitation facilities like Bella Monte Recovery Center use various trauma-focused therapies to give you the tools you need to move forward in your recovery.
Trauma-Based Interventions and Addiction Recovery
Trauma-based interventions aim to help clients grow, heal, and process trauma in a safe and healthy way. We have all experienced some form of trauma that leaves traces in how we think and act. Leaving those memories unprocessed can interfere with recovery and healing. Some of the benefits of trauma-based interventions include:
- Increased self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-esteem
- Lower stress levels
- Mood stabilization
You will receive personalized care at facilities like Bella Monte Recovery Center, where clinicians acknowledge trauma with respect and compassion. You can collaborate with therapists and a care team to create a comprehensive treatment plan that includes various therapeutic methods. Some popular trauma-based interventions include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT).
Memories related to trauma are often stored in a different part of the brain and cause trauma responses and symptoms. EMDR makes it easier to process negative thoughts, feelings, and memories related to past traumas and stress. Sessions involve using bilateral stimulation and experiential techniques to relive and reprocess difficult memories.
Not all trauma therapy focuses on specific events and memories. Sometimes a series of thought patterns and behaviors can lead to maladaptive worldviews and beliefs. REBT helps people recognize and analyze irrational, unhelpful, and harmful ideas and thought patterns that can interfere with recovery. The therapy works by showing clients how to identify and reason through irrational beliefs.
6 Mindfulness-Based Activities to Reduce Stress
Mindfulness-based therapies and activities are an excellent way to reduce stress and encourage mental and physical healing from trauma. Below are six popular ways people practice mindfulness.
Yoga promotes healthy movement, mindfulness, and stress relief through a series of highly effective stretches, body positions, and breathing exercises. Many forms of yoga exist, and no matter what your physical fitness level, there are yoga exercises you can use to improve meditation and mindfulness.
Many people with a history of trauma experience reactions like panic attacks, dissociation, and anxiety. Tension in the body can make your breathing change. By slowing down your breathing or deepening and lengthening the inhales and exhales following a set pattern, you will notice your body naturally relaxing. The benefits of breathwork include:
- Fewer body aches related to stress and tension
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- More balanced moods
- Better sleep
- Increased ability to focus
Meditation is an excellent tool for overcoming emotional stressors and stabilizing symptoms like anxiety and depression. You can use meditation as a tool to increase the scope of other healing treatments like peer support and individual therapy. One of the primary benefits of meditation is how easily you can incorporate it into almost any activity. Some popular meditative exercises include:
- Guided meditation
- Deep breathing
- Single-task activities
- Breathing and body awareness
- Walking meditation
- Progressive muscle relaxation
#4. Massage Therapy
The human body is complicated, and all systems are interrelated. Trauma can cause the body to overreact whenever it encounters stressors. Massage therapy is an excellent way to stimulate the body in a way that relaxes muscles and encourages a meditative mindset that counters trauma responses. The most common forms of massage include:
- Deep tissue massage
- Swedish massage
- Aromatherapy massage
- Trigger point massage
- Hot rock massage
- Thai massage
- Shiatsu massage
- Myofascial release therapy
Holistic therapies like reiki can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “Reiki is a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of directing energy to help facilitate the person’s own healing response.” Reiki originated in Eastern holistic practices and remains a popular way to enhance the effectiveness of other forms of treatment like psychotherapy.
#6. Sound Bath Therapy
Achieving a meditative state while listening to soothing sounds can benefit your mental and physical health. A sound bath involves relaxing while surrounded by peaceful sounds made by instruments like a sound bowl or drum. According to the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “[S]ound meditation [increases] feelings of relaxation and decrease feelings of stress.” Sound baths can decrease symptoms, stabilize moods, and reduce stress responses.
Trauma-based interventions create a safe and supportive environment for clients with a history of trauma. The dedicated team at Bella Monte Recovery Center has trauma-focused training that allows us to recognize the signs of trauma and avoid re-traumatizing during treatment. We understand that triggers are highly individualized, and our trauma-informed approach enables us to accommodate your unique needs to decrease the risk of experiencing unexpected triggers and intrusive thoughts caused by reminders of past events. The therapies we offer decrease stress and make it possible for clients to heal from the effects of substance use disorder (SUD) and related mental health issues. Anxiety and depression are common emotional responses to untreated trauma, and those symptoms can make achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety more challenging. We use evidence-based methods to ensure clients have the tools they need to overcome anxiety. Learn more by calling us today at (800) 974-1938.