Trauma Informed Treatment
At Headwaters, we believe that cutting-edge treatment must always take trauma into account. Our expert staff works directly to help our discerning clientele identify and address past traumatic experiences such as abuse and neglect that can exacerbate substance use disorders. Just as it is essential to understand that men and women express and process trauma differently, at Headwaters we know that high-profile individuals and those with significant professional or familiar stressors have their own unique challenges.
Importance of treating trauma
If core issues of trauma go untreated, relapse may occur, and addiction can persist, despite repeated attempts at recovery. We help each patient overcome any barriers to wellness and sobriety that they may face. Our experienced Headwaters clinicians know that deeply rooted traumatic experiences are common among individuals who are recovering from substance abuse.
For this reason, each member of the Headwaters medical and clinical team, in addition to our support-and executive-level staff is educated about trauma and the importance of creating a trauma-informed treatment environment. This ensures that we offer a caring, secure space where our patients who are dealing with the unique personal, familial and professional challenges and pressures that often accompany a highly affluent lifestyle can begin to identify invisible wounds that may be perpetuating their pain.
Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most commonly known manifestation of trauma. Though frequently associated with military veterans, PTSD can affect anyone who has been through a single or multiple traumatic event. Examples of trauma that can lead to PTSD may include: sexual, emotional, or physical abuse; severe accidents; childhood neglect; and natural disasters or other tragedies of all scales.
Symptoms of PTSD
The symptoms of PTSD can interfere with a person’s ability to live an abundant, healthy life. Symptoms can include:
- Excessive drug or alcohol usage
- Unwarranted anger or emotional outbursts
- Depression or anxiety
- Withdrawal from others
- Dissociative mental experiences or flashbacks
- Inability to function in daily life
- Sleep disorders or insomnia
- Panic or overreaction to events
- Inability to concentrate
- Involuntary thoughts about a traumatic event
Symptoms of PTSD tend to emerge slowly, and many people do not receive treatment right away. PTSD can be frustrating, debilitating, and even dangerous for the individual or those around them. Undiagnosed PTSD can make life unbearable. But there is hope.
The Center for Brain Recovery (CBR)
Headwaters’ CBR team reviews treatment progress and identifies any other psychological issues that may emerge, including other mental health diagnoses. Together with our licensed therapists and masters-level clinicians, we offer tailored treatment plans that include trauma-related exercises and topics.
Treatment focus for trauma and PTSD
Treatment at Headwaters depends on each person’s unique case and may consist of evidence-based interventions such as:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Group process or individual therapy
- Meditation and mindfulness training
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