Residential Trauma Treatment
Support, hope and treatment for those who suffer from trauma disorders can be found at residential trauma rehab centers across the nation. If you are wondering whether you should avail yourself of such facilities, ask yourself whether you display any of the following symptoms.
- Depression or emotional numbness. Depression may be considered a symptom of trauma or a co-occurring condition, depending on its severity.
- Reliving the traumatic event in thoughts, dreams or flashbacks.
- Withdrawal from activities you once enjoyed.
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia or oversleeping, often accompanied by exceptional fatigue.
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness.
- Inappropriate responses to stimuli, which might include panic, anxiety or rage.
Thoughts of suicide.
Treatment at a Residential Trauma Treatment Center
The type of treatment you receive at a residential trauma treatment center may vary according to the specialty of that facility. Talk therapy, in individual or group settings, is a fairly consistent approach, and will likely include cognitive therapy to help you change your way of thinking about the trauma. Most facilities will also offer relaxation techniques and other tools you can use to control symptoms.
Holistic treatment centers may bolster this approach with instruction in meditation, yoga or tai chi, along with nutritional counseling, massage therapy and other mind/body treatments. The number of holistic treatment centers has expanded rapidly in recent years.
Some facilities may make use of exposure therapy, similar to the way phobias are treated. The thinking behind this is that controlled exposure to the stimuli, while in a safe place and with professional support, can eventually help the sufferer to deal with his or her reactions in a healthier manner.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) also aims to restructure your reaction to stimuli. Your therapist will train you to use counter-stimuli such as eye movements, sounds or gestures when you are experiencing a bad reaction to a trauma stimulus.
Residential Trauma Treatment Can Treat Substance Abuse
Trauma sufferers often turn to alcohol or drugs to blunt their pain. If this has led to substance abuse or addiction, you should look for a residential treatment facility that specializes in Dual Diagnosis treatment. Should detox be required, it should take place under close medical supervision. Once the substance is out of the patient’s system, treatment begins on both fronts. Trying to cure the addiction without treating the underlying cause is a sure recipe for relapse. Similarly, treating the trauma without addressing the addiction opens the sufferer up to secondary traumas resulting from the lack of inhibition and judgment.
If you or someone you love could benefit from residential trauma treatment, call our toll-free number for more information.