If you are battling trauma and addiction, you’re dealing with two of the most complex and challenging disorders at the same time. Trauma therapy can help you safely work through past trauma, allowing you to move beyond addiction, fear, and anxiety. At Archstone Behavioral Health, we can offer treatment through dual diagnosis, a comprehensive treatment plan capable of reaching each one of your goals for a healthy lifestyle.
Trauma and Addiction – The Link
Addiction and mental health disorders are very commonly found together in people. If you, like many others, are struggling with mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder, it may be the result of an underlying traumatic event that was not processed and managed by your brain properly. This often leads to complications and years of damage and pain.
Consider what may happen. When a person experiences a traumatic event, that event or other experience impacts the brain. It is not understood properly or capable of being processed. As a result, the brain tucks that trauma away so it can move on with day-to-day needs. Yet, it lurks there, causing a number of complications for you throughout the years.
One of the most common is a flashback. You may have distant thoughts or self-esteem issues without really understanding the cause. If you are dealing with trauma and addiction, it is also likely that you are using drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with those symptoms. You may drink so you can stop thinking about what happened. You may use drugs that help you to stop worrying or being afraid.
Trauma can lead to:
- Difficulty with processing information
- Negative thoughts
- Self-hate and low self-esteem
- Drugs and alcohol use to manage symptoms
How Dual Diagnosis Can Help You
When it comes to overcoming this experience, you need trauma therapy. This type of therapy does not require you to relive what happened to you, something that your brain does not want to happen. Rather, it works to reduce the connection you have with images, thoughts, or experiences with that traumatic experience. This breaks that connection, allowing you to move on. You cannot change what happened, whether it was some type of abuse, watching a loved one die, or overcoming other fears. Yet, with trauma therapy, you can overcome the psychological effects of trauma.
This is where dual diagnosis comes into play. This type of treatment deals with drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders simultaneously. By structuring this type of treatment around this process, it is possible to work through both challenges.
Finding the Treatment You Need Starts with Trauma and Addiction Support
When it comes to getting help like this, reach out to our master clinicians. With years of experience and a unique method of helping our clients to move beyond their challenges, individuals can break free. Trauma therapy, including dual diagnosis treatment, is available to you through many of our treatment programs. When you embrace help and healing, you’ll get the results you desire – living a healthy life without the threat of addiction or trauma.
Learn more about each one of our treatment programs, including:
- Medical detox
- Residential treatment programs
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication-assisted therapy
- Partial hospitalization program
Start on the Path to Healing by Calling Archstone Behavioral Health
Trauma and addiction can cause incredible challenges for you. Yet, with treatment through specific trauma therapy, you may be able to reclaim your health and wellbeing. At Archstone Behavioral Health, we encourage you to learn more about dual diagnosis and how it can change your future. Call us at 561.631.9478 or reach out to us online for immediate help.