A number of individuals who deal with substance abuse have suffered from some form of trauma in their life. Sometimes those who suffer from traumatic experiences tend to disconnect, do not acknowledge, or understand the magnitude or the impact their trauma has had on their lives. Often those who suffer from trauma as well as substance abuse, choose to ignore and escape the issue any way possible. Avoiding feelings and emotions through using mind altering substances is one of the most common ways for those who suffer from some form of trauma. Individuals numb themselves, detaching their emotions from their thoughts, memories and behaviors. The comfortable therapeutic environment we have created at Bright Futures Treatment Center, provides a considerable sensitivity to our clients who suffer from trauma and substance abuse.
Often those who have co-occurring symptoms of both substance abuse, and trauma, have extenuating circumstance that caused the trauma before their substance abuse addiction developed. Addicts and alcoholics use mind altering substances in order to suppress emotional turmoil of their trauma. Though, it is not uncommon for substance abuse addiction to lead to trauma. Regardless of the type of trauma, and the way in which it developed, those who suffer from trauma do not have to suffer alone.
Our clinical team assists our clients in how to recognize and internalize their trauma. This will include learning what triggers them, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation skills. An important component to working with trauma survivors is to ensure our clients are in a protected, kind, and sympathetic environment. This helps clients to feel comfortable to open up and discuss their experiences thoroughly, instead of continuing to suppress them. At Bright Futures Treatment Center, we concentrate on treating our clients who suffer from the substance abuse and trauma, with a traditional safe therapeutic environment. The clinical team, work with our clients who are trauma survivors to help them repair their self-esteem, and learn how to make a conscious connection with their inner self.