Therapy, Reprocessing and Healing from Trauma

Therapy, Reprocessing and Healing from Trauma

Healing properly from a trauma is important and a vital step one must take to take control of addiction and the future

Many of those struggling with oxycodone addiction are found to have a history of trauma. Whether it was a single event that caused the trauma or if it occurred repeatedly over an extended period of time, trauma can have a tremendous impact on the victim, family members, friends and co-workers. This impact can jeopardize relationships or make individuals feel so overwhelmed that they turn solely to oxycodone to help them cope. Fortunately, while in treatment addicts can receive treatment to help them heal from their traumatic experience.

Each individual’s trauma is unique and affects them differently. Because of these differences, an individual may respond better to a specific form of treatment than another. Even addicts who believe that they have healed from their trauma may realize that they haven’t healed properly or just ignored the event and continued to mask it with their addiction.

How Does Therapy Help the Healing Process?

Trauma is defined as any event, experience or exposure that causes one either physical and/or emotional distress. This can include physical or sexual assault, combat, community violence, experiencing a near-death experience and the death of a loved one. Less likely identified sources of trauma could include rejection, neglect, abandonment and emotional abuse. Either type, whether on a one-type basis or occurring repeatedly, can cause the individual to suffer from chronic effects. Because reactions to trauma can vary, just like the trauma itself, addiction facilities often offer the following approaches to help sufferers properly heal from their trauma:

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Trauma Focused Treatment
  • Relationship Based Treatment

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is a specific approach of treatment that is based on the understanding that many, if not most, individuals receiving addiction treatment services suffer from a history of trauma, which is related to their past and present condition. An addict’s trauma history is often uncovered during the screening process at the start of treatment and then used to inform the overall treatment plan. This approach differs from more traditional models, which primarily focus on an individual’s symptoms. TIC is a strength based and problem solving treatment approach that helps empower clients to help counteract the lack of control that often accompanies trauma. During this form of treatment recovering addicts are able to re-establish their pride and self-confidence. Trauma Informed Care also integrates one’s environment as part of the recovering addict’s individualized treatment and offers help for healing and recovery.

Trauma Focused Treatment (TFT) is directed towards the resolution of trauma to help alleviate its symptoms. It focuses on both personal and interpersonal issues, such as shame, self-blame and personal meaning. This approach has been proven to impact trauma symptoms in a progressive way throughout the treatment process. During this process, individuals are encouraged to take a “whole person” approach in their individual, group and family therapy. This helps the individual learn how to view themselves and others with compassion and slowly learn how to build healthy boundaries with others.

Relationship based treatment helps recovering addicts learn how to develop an appropriate relationship with their therapists, medical doctor, as well as staff of the facility. Staff encourage recovering addicts to take risks with self-exploration, develop new and appropriate behavior patterns, as well as personal change in the context of a relationship that is respectful, compassionate, supportive, promotes healthy living and is not physical, emotionally or psychologically abusive. During this form of treatment, family members are encouraged to participate and may also learn that they too have suffered a trauma that may benefit from treatment.

Often times, those whom have suffered a trauma feel isolated, alone and feel as though those they trusted the most can no longer be trusted. Treatment helps them learn to find their voice again, set healthy boundaries and heal from the trauma so that the memories or flashbacks they get from the trauma no longer affect their lives. Letting go of the trauma can be both a scary yet rewarding step that one must take to gain control of his addiction and start living again.

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to oxycodone and is unsure if they have healed from a traumatic event, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. One call can change your life, so call us today!