Trauma therapy

Trauma Therapy: Healing the Root of Addiction

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:

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Choose a Rehab That Specializes in Trauma Therapy

Trauma. Most of us have experienced trauma on some level. Some examples of trauma include:

  • A car accident
  • Being the victim of verbal or physical abuse
  • Divorce
  • Death
  • Being the victim of bullying or exclusion
  • Witnessing violence
  • Abandonment, neglect

Although experiencing trauma doesn’t automatically lead to alcohol or drug addiction, trauma has been proven to be a major underlying root of addiction. Trauma therapy can help. 

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