The statistics are startling. One in 6 boys, and 1 in 4 girls, are sexually abused before the age of 18. As a parent, a survivor of childhood sexual trauma, and a person in long term recovery, I know the importance of trauma therapy during addiction treatment firsthand.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is estimated that nearly 15 million adolescent children have experienced forced sex. Sexual trauma greatly increases an individual’s risk factor for alcoholism or drug addiction, and setting aside these “official statistics”, I can personally report that every person I was in small group with during my time in treatment, both male and female, vividly reported sexual trauma as a factor.
Healing Sexual Trauma
For me, I believe sexual trauma, left unhealed, would have haunted me and tainted my thought processes for the rest of my life. In the back of my mind I knew, upon entering treatment, that this secret from long ago would resurface and be dealt with. I don’t really remember how my therapist brought it up or what questions were introduced that caused me to begin to uncover this pain, but I do remember the inner work we did together once the details were on the table. Once processed and forgiven, I emerged a new person; healed, whole and at peace with my world.
Gracious Care Recovery Solutions and Trauma Informed Care
Left untreated, sexual trauma (or any type of trauma) can lead to any or all of the following: