Addiction recovery involves more than just addressing the physical effects of substance abuse. There are emotional and psychological factors that can have a powerful impact on the recovery process. For many, past trauma is a significant part of their journeys, and integrating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment into a comprehensive recovery program can be essential for lasting recovery.
At Athens Recovery, we understand the importance of trauma treatment and provide a comprehensive PTSD treatment program to help individuals heal from past traumas and move forward in their recovery with confidence. Our program doesn’t treat addiction and PTSD as separate entities. Instead, we provide an integrated approach that acknowledges the connection between addiction and trauma and addresses both issues with evidence-based treatments in a supportive, caring environment.
Understanding the Connection Between Trauma and Addiction
PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by exposure to a traumatic event, such as war, natural disasters, violent crimes, or accidents. People with PTSD often struggle with persistent flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, and avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma. These symptoms can be debilitating, affecting their ability to function in work, relationships, and everyday life.
When trauma goes unaddressed, individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope. Substance abuse may provide temporary relief from emotional pain, but it can quickly lead to addiction, making the underlying trauma and PTSD symptoms worse.
Signs You'd Benefit from PTSD Treatment
PTSD treatment is a specialized form of psychotherapy that addresses trauma-related symptoms and underlying issues. Here are some of the signs that you may benefit from PTSD treatment:
- You have experienced a traumatic event and are struggling with persistent symptoms.
- You have a history of substance abuse or addiction, and trauma is a trigger for your addictive behaviors.
- You feel depressed, anxious, or isolated and have difficulty functioning in your daily life.
- Your relationships are suffering, and you have difficulty trusting others or forming close bonds.
- You have physical health problems related to trauma, such as chronic pain, insomnia, or gastrointestinal issues.
- You experience a sense of hopelessness or helplessness and are unable to see a way out of your current situation.
Treatment could change your life and help you break free from the cycle of trauma and addiction.
How Our PTSD Treatment Program Supports Lasting Recovery
Our PTSD treatment center at Athens Recovery is designed to promote long-term healing and recovery. We provide a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your past traumas and develop healthy coping skills to manage symptoms. Our treatment program includes:
- Individual therapy – Our licensed therapists use evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you process and make sense of past traumas.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDR is a form of therapy that helps you process traumatic memories in a safe, controlled setting.
- Trauma therapy – Our trauma-focused therapy program helps you increase self-awareness and develop healthier ways of coping with stress and anxiety.
- Group therapy – Our group therapy sessions provide a safe space in which you can share your experiences with others and build a support system
- Experiential therapies – We offer a range of creative experiences that help you access and process challenging emotions.
Additionally, continuing care can help you stay on track with your recovery and provide ongoing support after treatment.