Trauma Therapy in the UK

Trauma can be an underlying issue for an individual that suffers from addiction; thus, trauma therapy is essential for many recovery processes. It can also cause Anxiety, Depression and PTSD. Failing to address trauma can result in the individual relapsing further down the line in their recovery. Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn, realise the importance of addressing trauma in the early stages of treatment. Trauma can cause changes in the brain’s chemistry and result in damaging coping strategies within the sufferer. It can propel addiction, as the individual tries to self medicate and suppress or block the distressing symptoms they are experiencing. We therefore provide a treatment programme that is designed to tackle the root causes of each individual’s addiction and this includes treating past trauma through a number of proven and powerful treatment methodologies.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is an event that causes the individual to experience intense psychological or physical pain. It is not the actual event that is the problem, but the individual’s response to the event that causes long term problems. Trauma usually occurs when the individual feels helpless to stop the event and it is unexpected. There are all kinds of scenarios that can result in an individual suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress. The usual response, especially for an addict, is to blame themselves and try to block out the event with alcohol and drugs. This results in the trauma never being addressed and processed, and professional help never being sought.

An individual is more likely to suffer from trauma if:

  • The event was unexpected and they were mentally unprepared for what happened
  • They experienced feelings of being overwhelmed and powerlessness during the event
  • They experienced or witnessed deliberate cruelty
  • The event was perceived as life threatening; or threatened the individual’s body integrity or psychological sanity
  • The event involved violence of a physical or sexual nature
  • The individual experienced repeated psychological abuse over a period of time
  • The event or events happened during early developmental years i.e. childhood or teenage years.

Trauma can have a lasting impact and deeply affect the individual’s quality of life. If not treated correctly and promptly with professional help it can result in PTSD, Addiction, Depression and Anxiety.

Causes of Trauma

Trauma often results in the victim suffering a whole host of psychological problems, some types of trauma can also result in physical damage. Those that have suffered from trauma, and fail to seek professional treatment, are very unlikely to lead a lasting and fulfilling recovery. Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn have the experience and professional qualifications to assist those suffering from trauma and help them to heal on an emotional, psychological, social and spiritual basis. We find, that treating trauma simultaneously along with addiction and any other co-occurring illnesses, provides the individual with the best chance of succeeding and achieving permanent recovery from all conditions presenting. Traumatic experiences can include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Being bullied
  • Bereavement
  • Witnessing or experiencing deliberate cruelty
  • Witnessing combat
  • Living with a mentally ill parent
  • Having a parent in prison
  • Witnessing a fatal accident
  • Experiencing a life threatening event such as an accident or illness
  • Experiencing abandonment

Symptoms of Unresolved Trauma

PTSD results from untreated trauma and is an extremely distressing and debilitating condition that impacts on every area of the sufferer’s life. It can be helpful to recognise the symptoms of trauma, so that appropriate help can be sought and the condition treated. Symptoms of unresolved trauma or PTSD include, but are not limited to:

  • Nightmares or flashbacks resulting in sweats, shakes and rapid heart beat
  • Avoidance of people, places or situations that act as a reminder of the traumatic event
  • Feelings of guilt, anger and shame
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Hypervigilance
  • Paranoia and mistrust
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability and aggression
  • reckless behaviour
  • Self-harming, self-punishment and self-hatred
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and loved ones
  • Inability to receive or give love
  • Emotional detachment
  • Self-medication with drugs or alcohol
  • Suicidal ideation

The longer the individual goes untreated, the symptoms are likely to worsen and it then becomes more difficult for them to find recovery and go on to lead a normal life. If you or a loved one are experiencing the above symptoms, it is important that you seek help immediately. Ignoring it or self medicating to block it out is only going to make the symptoms worse in the long run.

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Our Trauma Treatment Programme

Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn understand the full impact of unresolved trauma and therefore takes its treatment very seriously.  We use a number of processing and healing treatment methodologies that are proven to be effective in treating unresolved trauma.

By unearthing and professionally executing trauma therapy early in the treatment process, the individual is then free to concentrate on themselves and their rehabilitation. We will further assist our patients, by identifying and challenging unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours that have resulted from experiencing trauma. It is common for those who have suffered trauma to experience issues with trust and personal relationships; we therefore look at how their individual trauma may have affected their relationships and quality of life and help them to build a better future. Treating unresolved trauma can take time, especially if the individual’s cognitive perception has been altered through the event or events. We therefore recommend an absolute minimum of 4 weeks inpatient, ideally 12 weeks if the individual is able to commit, so that we have the opportunity and time frame to ensure that their trauma is treated appropriately.

As a rehab that believes in the power of the person centred approach towards treatment, each individual’s treatment plan is specifically designed to take into account their individual physical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Our counsellors and therapists are experienced and qualified in delivering treatments that are helpful to treating unresolved trauma including:

  • Dialectical behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Compassion therapy
  • Psychology
  • Individual therapy and group therapy
  • Fitness Programme
  • Holistic therapies such as dance, art, music, meditation and mindfulness

Holistic and creative therapies offer an alternative medium to talking therapies; in which the individual can safely explore their emotions with a qualified therapist present.

Throughout the process to trauma therapy, we monitor our patients very carefully, as we appreciate it can be a very difficult and challenging time for them.

Full recovery from unresolved trauma is entirely possible; as is recovery from any co-occurring conditions such as addiction, PTSD, anxiety, eating disorders and depression. We have every confidence in our programme and in our staff. Let us help you, or your loved one, to break free from the past and addiction; call us now or chat to us live about how we can help.

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