As experienced clinicians, we know that deeply rooted traumatic experiences are common among women in recovery. Trauma can come from witnessing or experiencing abuse, disaster, or violence. Trauma can also originate from the loss of a loved one, extreme stress or burnout, or the onset of a physical injury or illness. Additionally, divorce and/or the loss of child custody can trigger a number of underlying mental health issues that contribute to a woman’s emotional pain associated with trauma.
Our staff at Hannah’s House is highly trained to provide specialized services for women of all ages who have experienced trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each member of the Hannah’s House team — from medical and clinical to support and executive staff — is educated about trauma and the importance of creating a trauma-informed treatment environment. This ensures that we offer the women in our care a safe space where they can recover from invisible wounds that perpetuate addiction.
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
Trauma means something different to each person who experiences it. For many women, alcohol or drug use can be a symptom of an underlying mental health concern, such as trauma. If these core issues go untreated, relapse can occur, and substance use can persist, despite repeated attempts to recover. We help each patient in our care overcome whatever barriers to long-term wellness and sobriety that she may face.
The most commonly known manifestation of trauma is PTSD. Though frequently associated with veterans, PTSD can affect women who have experienced emotional, sexual, or physical abuse, childhood neglect, accidents, and natural disasters or tragedies. Regardless of the cause, these traumatic experiences can lead to socialization issues, relationship problems, anxiety, and fear.
PTSD Symptoms Can Interfere with Living a Happy, Healthy Life
Symptoms can include:
- Excessive drug or alcohol use
- Unwarranted anger or emotional outbursts
- Depression or anxiety
- Withdrawal from others
- Dissociative mental experiences or flashbacks
- Inability to function in daily life
- Involuntary thoughts about a traumatic event
- Inability to concentrate
The symptoms of PTSD tend to emerge slowly and can be frustrating, debilitating, and even dangerous for the individual or those around them. Undiagnosed PTSD can make life unbearable. But there is hope.
Treatment Modalities for Trauma
Trauma and stress-related disorders require specialized therapies that target these experiences. Interventions include therapies that help the individual reprocess the memories and reactions associated with the event, enabling them to develop healthier coping mechanisms.
At Hannah’s House, our goal is to give our patients the necessary skills, so they no longer need to rely on substances to feel comfortable. Our multidisciplinary team reviews treatment progress and identifies any other psychological issues that may emerge, including PTSD or other mental health diagnoses.
Treatment at Hannah’s House depends on each women’s unique case and life challenges. It may consist of trauma-informed, evidence-based interventions.
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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